Defamation everywhere

Portuguese law criminalizes defamation, and when the individual in question is an official, the penalty is increased. From January 2005 to January 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled 21 times that Portugal had violated article 10 of the European Declaration of Human Rights, which protects free speech. This is three times the average for European Union member nations. Fourteen of the 21 cases concerned journalists prosecuted for defamation.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



23 in 2016

Global score


17.27 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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