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Digital Rights | Free Expression & the Law | Mongolia

  • Researcher fined, charged with defamation for criticising Mongolian minister on Twitter
  • Researcher fined, charged with defamation for criticising Mongolian minister on Twitter

    The former minister of Road and Transportation, Mr. A. Gansukh, has filed a criminal lawsuit against Mr. L. Davaapil for defaming him through social media. A first instance court hearing was held in December 2014 during which the accused was ordered to pay a 9.7 mln. MNT (approx. US$5,200) fine in compensation, in accordance with the Criminal Code, provision 111.2; the amount is 51 times higher than the minimum wage.

Free Expression & the Law | Mongolia

Mongolian newspaper journalists face fines, criminal defamation charges

A Mongolian court has imposed fines totalling approx. US$17,000 on three newspaper journalists, specifying that "the inability to pay the fines would result in a 3 year prison sentence." Globe International Center disputes the court's decision as it may cause financial hardship for the media outlet and act as a form of economic censorship at the government's discretion.

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