KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) has commended the Minister of Youth, Lisa Hanna, for addressing the issue of reproductive health and rights of women and has called for the legalisation of abortion.
According to Jason Madden, a youth advocate with the organisation, “the illegalit ...more »
ROME, Italy (AP) — Italy's Senate has killed a proposed law that was hotly contested for maintaining a jail penalty against journalists convicted of libel, while imposing only fines for their editors.
The proposal was defeated Monday by a 123-29 vote.
The Italian journalists union called off a national strike yesterday but was demonstrating to press their campaign to decriminalise libel altogether.
Parliament's efforts to do just that were circumvented by right-wing lawmakers' apparent moves to protect an editor who was sentenced to 14 months for libel under a rarely enforced Fascist-era law that allows a six-year sentence.
They changed the draft to impose a one-year jail sentence on journalists while lowering the penalty for editors to euro50,000 (US$65,000) — sparking protests from Italian journalists and Reporters Without Borders.
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