Week 8: Media Law
Okke Ornstein: Libel Suit in Panama
By: Luca Ferrieri
This cause, reported by The Guardian, concentrates on Okke Ornstein, a Dutch reporter held in prison in Panama. The International and European Federations of Journalists are calling for his release, claiming the lack of merit in this libel case against Ornstein. Libel cases can only occur if the person knowingly uses falsified information during with the intent to cause harm to the individual. The case is still currently ongoing as they are working with Panamanian officials on his release.