Critics Are Not Criminals
Campaign Against the Criminalization of Speech

Critics Are Not Criminals

Campaign Against the Criminalization of Speech

Freedom of expression in all its forms and manifestations is a fundamental and inalienable right of all individuals. Additionally, it is an indispensable requirement for the very existence of a democratic society. -- Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Principles of Freedom of Expression


Journalists in Americas face legal risk

Criminal defamation prosecutions are still widespread throughout the Americas. A total of 32 out of 33 countries in the hemisphere maintain criminal penalties for defamation.

No journalists jailed in Americas in 2015
Correa's assault on regional human rights
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A Regional Consensus

Courts and legislatures throughout the Americas have increasingly found that defamation should be a civil, not criminal, matter. Details »

From CPJ's Archives

In special reports, blog posts, and protest letters, CPJ has denounced criminal defamation as a tool to silence critical coverage. Details »

Resource Center

Freedom of expression groups are fighting against the criminalization of speech. Look here for background and contact information. Details »

Get Involved

You can make a difference by raising awareness and identifying attacks on free expression. Join our Twitter campaign. Details »

Campaign Coordinator
Carlos Lauría
Research Associate
Alexandra Ellerbeck

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