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Chişinău: abolition of the Penal Code libel article

The libel article of the Penal Code was abolished by the Moldovan parliament on Thursday. The article stipulated criminal responsibility and jail terms up to five years for journalists accused of making libelous statements against public persons,.

Greeting the legislative initiative, mass media organizations warn that the measure is not sufficient, because the Civil Code remains a second and even more dangerous source of threat to press freedom.