Libya moves towards abolishing criminal defamation laws
Oct.2, Tripoli: ARTICLE 19 and Lawyers for Justice in Libya have submitted a statement welcoming Libya's acceptance of all 14 recommendations directly relating to free expression, association or assembly.
These recommendations include the repeal of all laws which criminalise defamation, libel and slander, and a commitment to bring all restrictions on freedom of expression in line with the standards set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
ARTICLE 19 calls on Libya to put in place a national plan for implementation of the recommendations it has accepted, in cooperation with civil society and to make this document publically available.
Implementing this recommendation would require substantial legal reform, including repealing Law 15 of 2012 and Law 5 of 2014 which prevent the media from discussing religious opinions issued by the National Council of Islamic Jurisprudence, criminalise actions “which may harm or prejudice the February 17 Revolution” and criminalise insult to the executive, judiciary or legislature
The Oslo Times