Concourt Rules ‘Criminal Defamation Is Void At Law’

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that criminal defamation was void at law, after journalists challenged the validity of Section 96 of the Criminal Codification and Reform Act.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, together with a full bench of the Constitutional Court granted the application by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe), NewsDay deputy editor Nqaba Matshazi , freelance journalists Godwin Mangudya and Sydney Saize and Rodger Stringer.

The court said a 2015 judgment on criminal defamation in favour of former Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire and Matshazi, which was granted on terms of the old constitution was valid in terms of the new charter. source-newsday

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