Know your rights: fighting the abuse of libel laws. Workshop for Italian and European journalists on avoiding legal trouble for defamation.
The abuse of defamation and insult laws remains a significant threat to investigative journalism in Europe. In a number of countries, including Italy, powerful figures in politics and business routinely use such laws to silence investigations and criticism.
Journalists can protect themselves with knowledge. This workshop will cover key international principles on freedom of expression and defamation, with a focus on the standards set by the European Court of Human Rights. It will also provide practical advice for working journalists on producing hard-hitting journalism while minimising the risk of legal trouble for defamation, with a particular focus on online media. A limited number of copies of the manual Freedom of Expression, Media Law and Defamation will be made available to participants in both Italian and English.
Organised in association with the International Press Institute.