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PACE - Venice Commission's opinion on Italian defamation legislation

08/04/2014

Council of Europe, Strasbourg - Ms Herdis Thorgeirsdottir, Vice-President of the Venice Commission, presents the recommendations of the Commission’s opinion on the defamation legislation of Italy to the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Medias of the PACE. She notably speaks to the Sub-Commission on Media and Information society.

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