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2005 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Accra, Ghana, 17–20 October 2005

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This volume contains the Memoranda prepared for the 2005 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials, together with the Communiqué and Meeting Agenda. (Minutes of the Meeting and Classified Memoranda are published separately, as these are only available to member governments.)

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Criminal Defamation in the Commonwealth – A Case for Abolition

Courts around the world – both national and international – have started to reform defamation law in recognition of the importance of free speech and their obligation to respect constitutional and international guarantees of freedom of expression. Over the past half century, courts have protected freedom of expression by denying certain bodies the right to bring defamation cases, by enhancing the traditional defences, and by limiting the chilling effect of excessive damage awards and criminal sanctions.

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