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7th December, 2017

Constitutional Court rules on press liability

Media outlets covering press conferences on matters connected to public affairs are not liable for defamation, the Constitutional Court stated in a ruling published on Wednesday.

When reporting on the press briefings of public figures, journalists will not be obliged to verify facts and not be held responsible for publishing false claims, the court ruled.

A website had submitted a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court, objecting to a suit that had been launched against it for covering a press briefing held by a politician in the matter of the tobacco tenders.

According to the overturned Kuria verdict false claims had been published at the expense of a politician at the briefing and the website was responsible for spreading claims that were false.

However, the Constitutional Court ruled that this interpretation of the concept of rumours

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