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Section 31 (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act), which criminalised defamation has been removed from the Statutes by the Constitutional Court. Defamation is no longer a criminal offence.
The section was dismissed as unjustifiable in a democratic society in a judgment delivered by the Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba. The court ruled that the law was in breach of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
The UZ Student Law Review Journal is a student run law publication, with an advisory board that includes former Judge Moses Chinhengo and Professor G. Feltoe. The Project is funded by the International Commission of Jurists.
ZimLII provides a PDF version of the latest Volume (Volume II Number 1 of 2014) in this article, and also provides a link to the Journal website under the Journals section of the website, here.