Criminal Defamation

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Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein jailed in Panama for criminal defamation

November 29, 2016 3:48 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2016--Authorities in Panama should immediately release Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, who has been detained since November 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ornstein, a Panama-based journalist who runs the news website Bananama Republic,...

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'People talk as they please' Sisi says in comments on Egypt's press freedom record

November 28, 2016 3:06 PM ET

In Egypt last week a journalist was barred from travel without official explanation, a reporter was accused of criminal defamation over a 2015 investigation on child prostitution, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi defended Egypt's freedom of expression record. An...

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Two Myanmar journalists arrested on criminal defamation charges

November 14, 2016 6:28 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Myanmar authorities to release Than Htut Aung, chief executive of Eleven Media Group, and Wai Phyo, chief editor of the group's publication Daily Eleven. The journalists were...

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Journalists detained during Egypt's day of protests

November 14, 2016 3:42 PM ET

Four journalists were detained November 11 amid a heavy deployment of security forces in Egypt's cities in response to calls for nationwide protests over economic reforms. The protests were fewer and smaller than anticipated, but journalists were still harassed...

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Brazilian journalist convicted of criminal defamation for environmental reporting

November 10, 2016 3:38 PM ET

A Salvador court sentenced Brazilian journalist Aguirre Talento to six months and six days in jail for criminal defamation on October 31, 2016, reduced to community service and a fine, according to the journalist and his lawyer. The case was...

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In India, online campaign seeks to free press from risk of criminal defamation

October 14, 2016 2:45 PM ET

An online campaign to decriminalize defamation in India is being led by a member of the country's main opposition party. "Criminal defamation can lead to people being put in jail for something they have said publicly. This law needs...

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CPJ calls on Peru to decriminalize defamation as two journalists face court

April 19, 2016 10:14 AM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, April 19, 2016--A Peruvian journalist received a suspended jail sentence Monday and was ordered to pay damages to former President Alan García Pérez after being convicted of criminal defamation, according to news reports....

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Court upholds criminal defamation conviction of Brazilian radio host

April 7, 2016 12:29 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disappointed by the decision issued by a Brazilian court last week to uphold the criminal defamation conviction of radio journalist Fabiano Gomes da Silva....

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Venezuelan editor sentenced to 4 years in prison for criminal defamation

March 11, 2016 5:39 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, March 11, 2016--A Venezuelan judge today sentenced David Natera Febres, the editor of an independent newspaper that investigated corruption at a state-run mining company, to four years in prison for criminal defamation, according to news reports....

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Last critic standing: How El Nacional defies challenges to keep publishing

February 22, 2016 11:12 AM ET

Patricia Spadaro, news editor at the Caracas daily El Nacional, faces daunting challenges in putting out the newspaper. Her boss, El Nacional's president and editor Miguel Henrique Otero, has been living in exile since May 2015 after a top...

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