Criminal Defamation

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CPJ calls on authorities to release imprisoned Brazilian blogger

September 15, 2015 4:53 PM ET

São Paulo, September 15, 2015--A Brazilian blogger who has spent more than two months in jail in connection with a 2011 criminal defamation conviction should be released immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Criminal defamation thwarts critical reporting in Ayacucho

August 26, 2015 11:37 AM ET

When Wilfredo Oscorima, the governor of the southern Peruvian state of Ayacucho, was sentenced in June to five years in prison for official misconduct, independent daily La Calle viewed the ruling as vindication for its vigorous investigations into his administration....

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Moroccan editor, source convicted in defamation case

June 30, 2015 2:14 PM ET

New York, June 30--Moroccan journalist Hamid al-Mahdaoui was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence by a Casablanca court on Monday and ordered, along with a co-defendant named in the case, to pay a combined 100,000 Moroccan dirhams ($10,290) in damages...

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More signs of Myanmar's toughening stance on media

June 26, 2015 3:49 PM ET

Myanmar’s parliament yesterday voted against several constitutional amendments that keep the military’s veto power intact, dealing a blow to hopes for fuller democracy, according to the BBC. And outside the legislature authorities are accelerating the pace at which they undoing...

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Angola turns tables on Marques de Morais, reinstates criminal defamation charges

May 27, 2015 4:16 PM ET

Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais is once again facing the threat of prison after the public prosecutor reinstated charges of criminal defamation on Monday. Seven Angolan generals have been pursuing criminal defamation charges against the investigative journalist over...

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Venezuelan court bars media executives from leaving country

May 15, 2015 5:22 PM ET

Bogotá, May 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by a Venezuelan judge that prohibits 22 news executives from three independent media outlets from leaving the country due to a defamation lawsuit filed by one of Venezuela's...

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Acclaimed journalist Marques de Morais on trial for defamation in Angola

March 23, 2015 6:15 PM ET

On Tuesday, less than a week after receiving an award for his journalism from the London-based freedom of expression group Index on Censorship, veteran journalist Rafael Marques de Morais will stand trial in Angola on charges of criminal defamation....

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In South Korea, deportation and defamation cases mark slide in press freedom

January 16, 2015 11:56 AM ET

South Korea has been hailed by many as a bastion for democracy and press freedom, especially in comparison to its twin to the north, which for years has been featured on the Committee to Protect Journalists' most censored list....

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African Court upholds appeal against criminal defamation

December 5, 2014 12:44 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights in Addis Ababa that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for...

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South African court rules that criminal defamation is in line with constitution

December 5, 2014 12:01 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to uphold journalist Cecil Motsepe's appeal against a conviction of criminal defamation, but disapproves of the court's ruling...

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