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Ua Se Vaa Tu Matagi: the Revival of Criminal Libel in Samoa

Tabangcora, Beatrice M. (2018) Ua Se Vaa Tu Matagi: the Revival of Criminal Libel in Samoa. Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific, 24 . pp. 39-52. ISSN 1772-1644

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In 2013, the offence of criminal (defamatory) libel was repealed by the Parliament of Samoa. Four years later, Parliament reintroduced criminal libel into Samoan law. The reintroduction of criminal libel in Samoa was prompted by the rising popularity of anonymous bloggers who have posted allegations of corruption, misconduct and other serious crimes against prominent public figures. This paper critically analyses criminal libel in Samoa and the legal issues and implications that criminal libel has for freedom of speech and press. This paper concludes that while the new provision for criminal libel is less oppressive than the repealed provision, the reintroduction of criminal libel is impractical and unnecessary.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Beatrice Tabangcora
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 23:19
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2021 23:19

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