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TIMOR LESTE – Questions unanswered: Defamation or press freedom?

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Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), a FORUM-ASIA member in Timor Leste, published a statement in February 2009, posing questions on the recent trials on defamation. Are journalists accountable for it or their employers? Do these trials limit press freedom? In a case, they said, "the press as an institution has been found guilty by the courts" and was ordered to pay compensation.
For their complete statement, please click here.