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State nullifies protection law

Mere Naleba
Thursday, July 03, 2014

The government has nullified a controversial 2012 law protecting ministers from defamation proceedings.

The former law prevented ministers from being sued for any statement they made in any capacity.

It also gave legal protection to the news media if they reported any such statement and allowed courts to reject any legal proceedings filed by persons suing government ministers for defamation.

The State Proceedings (Amendment) Decree 2014 last week repealed section 18A, which had been enacted by the State Proceedings (Amendment) Decree 2012.

The repeal means that government ministers can again be sued for defamatory statements and news media organisations can be sued for publishing defamatory statements made by ministers.








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