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Brazilian electoral court sentences 2 journalists to suspended jail time for defamation

December 2, 2019 1:34 PM ET

On November 21, 2019, Brazilian regional news website Planeta Folha published a report uncovering a previously unreported criminal defamation lawsuit against journalists Donizete Bernardo dos Santos and Josias Brito da Silva....

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Assyrian journalist detained in Iraq for 13 days after reporting trip to Syria

November 13, 2019 2:54 PM ET

Kurdish Asayish security forces detained William Bnyameen Adam, an Assyrian journalist, for 13 days after the contributor to the California-based broadcaster Assyrian National Broadcasting (ANB) returned from a two-week assignment in northern Syria, the journalist told CPJ. The journalist said that security forces confiscated his equipment, beat him, and...

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Iranian court sentences 2 journalists to jail on propaganda charges

November 12, 2019 3:34 PM ET

In October 2019, the Tehran Appeals Court sentenced Pouria Alami, a political columnist and satirist with the reformist Shargh Daily, to one year in prison and Tahereh Riahi, the former social affairs editor of the government-funded Borna News Agency, to two and a half years in prison, according to...

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Congolese journalist detained for five days over defamation complaint

November 6, 2019 3:56 PM ET

On October 21, 2019, police arrested Achiko Ngaya, editor of the privately owned newspaper Les Nouvelles du Soir, in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ngaya told CPJ. The journalist said he was detained for five days and charged with criminal defamation....

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Bolivian camera operator injured by explosive amid post-election protests

November 5, 2019 3:50 PM ET

On October 31, 2019, Bolivian camera operator Daynor Flores Quispe was injured in an explosion while covering a protest in La Paz, the capital, according to news reports....

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Three journalists beaten by Sierra Leone presidential bodyguards in September

November 1, 2019 1:41 PM ET

On September 8, 2019, bodyguards of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio attacked three journalists who were covering a football match in Freetown, the capital, according to the journalists, who spoke to CPJ, and news reports....

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Pakistan media regulator walks back ban on news anchors expressing personal opinions

October 28, 2019 1:35 PM ET

On October 27, 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the country’s nominally independent media regulator, issued an order posted on its official Twitter account prohibiting news anchors from expressing opinions, stating that anchors hosting news programs “should not appear in talk shows,” and saying that news organizations would...

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Sierra Leone journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo charged with criminal defamation

October 25, 2019 4:23 PM ET

Mahmud Tim Kargbo, a freelance reporter in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained twice in September 2019 after Miatta Samba, an appeals court judge, lodged a complaint with the police against him for a report published September 9, 2019, on his Facebook page and in a WhatsApp group that...

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Congolese radio journalist attacked by ruling party supporters at Kinshasa rally

October 23, 2019 5:55 PM ET

On October 5, 2019, Dominique Dinanga, a reporter for the privately owned Top Congo FM radio station, was attacked by supporters of the ruling Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party at a rally in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where former Prime...

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Demonstrators set fire to El Mercurio de Valparaíso newspaper office in Chile

October 22, 2019 3:45 PM ET

On October 19, 2019, at around 8 pm, demonstrators broke into the headquarters of Chilean newspaper El Mercurio de Valparaíso and started a fire that damaged the newspaper’s offices and the offices of La Estrella de Valparaíso, a daily owned by the El Mercurio conglomerate, according to news reports...

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