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St. Vincent and the Grenadines draft law would allow prison for defamation online

Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, pictured on a 2009 visit to Trinidad, has defended criminal defamation laws as preserving "peace and tranquility." (AP/Andres Leighton)

New York, August 8, 2016--Lawmakers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines should amend or scrap a draft cybercrime law that would allow for prison sentences of up to two years for defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Legislators are expected to consider the draft on Thursday, an opposition politician told CPJ.

August 8, 2016 4:17 PM ET

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