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Spotlight: Free Expression & the Law

Jamaica decriminalises defamation

After a seven-year debate involving representatives of the government, media, and civil society, Jamaica has now become the first independent Caribbean country to have no criminal defamation laws — including seditious libel — on the books.

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Cross-dressing teenager murdered in Jamaica

Dwayne Jones, 16, was found dead on July 22 after being attacked at a party he attended dressed in women’s clothing. According to news reports, when someone at the party identified Jones as male, a crowd chased him as he fled. Police found his body on the road, with multiple stab wounds and a gun wound.

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