Defamation No Longer Criminal Offence in Zimbabwe: Concourt

The  Constitutional Court has removed from the statutes Section 31 (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and  Reform Act), which criminalised defamation. This means defamation is no longer a criminal offence.

In a judgment by Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, the section was dismissed as unjustifiable in a democratic society. The court ruled that the law was in breach of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution

 

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