Defamation Laws In Guatemala

Slander, Insult and Defamation are criminal offenses under Articles 159 to 166 of the Guatamelan Penal Code. The maximum prison term for criminal libel shall be five (5) years. Article 107 of the Guatamelan Penal Code provides for the prescription of action in filing a case for libel, slander, insult or defamation which depends upon the maximum penalty for imprisonment.

Defamation laws may also be exercised by Foreign states and non-Guatamelan citizens as long as the crime is committed by a Guatamelan national or citizen.