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In Panama, defamation conviction draws outcry

Panamanian journalists organize a demonstration in front of the Supreme Court to protest criminal defamation. (laestrella.com.pa)

New York, October 7, 2010--A Panamanian court of appeals has convicted two TV journalists of criminal defamation and banned them from professional work for one year, news reports said. While President Ricardo Martinelli said he would pardon the journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today that lawmakers should repeal all criminal penalties for defamation.

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