Fargo to speak at IPI World Congress



Anthony L. Fargo, director of the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, will be a speaker on a panel at the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Amman, Jordan, May 19-21.

Fargo will speak on the subject of criminal defamation laws and how they can pose a threat to free expression around the world. Fargo, who also is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Journalism, and journalism Ph.D. student A.Jay Wagner produced a report on criminal libel laws in the United States last year for IPI, and Fargo, with assistance from Wagner, has produced reports assessing criminal defamation laws in three Caribbean nations as compared to developing international standards for free expression rights.

All of the reports have been incorporated into IPI’s campaign to persuade several Caribbean nations to abolish or amend their criminal defamation laws to allow greater freedom of political and social debate. IPI representatives presented the reports to members of the media and government officials during recent missions to various Caribbean countries.

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