In Colombia, CPJ rejects criminal defamation suit against Alfredo Molano

July 30, 2008 12:34 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after learning that a criminal defamation suit had been brought against Colombian writer and journalist Alfredo Molano:

"We are alarmed by the criminal defamation suit brought by a politically influential family against Alfredo Molano over a column in the daily El Espectador," said Carlos Lauria, CPJ's Americas senior program coordinator. "Criminally prosecuting a journalist sends a chilling message to all Colombian reporters, and is out of step with the region's growing legal consensus that defamation is a civil not a criminal issue."

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