Legal Action

1623 results arranged by date

Russian newspaper founder arrested, criminally charged

April 1, 2009 4:54 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2009--Police in the western city of Kaliningrad should drop trumped-up bribery charges against Arseny Makhlov, the founder of the independent weekly Dvornik, and allow him to work without fear of harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

Read More ›

Nazarbayev urged to curb politically motivated lawsuits

March 30, 2009 1:24 PM ET

Dear President Nazarbayev: CPJ would like to draw your attention to your government's selective and politically motivated use of civil libel lawsuits against critical journalists and their publications. In a trend that fosters self-censorship, intolerant public officials target critical news outlets with defamation lawsuits that result in crippling damages.

Read More ›

A legal victory for press freedom in Bility case

March 27, 2009 1:58 PM ET

Testifying at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Liberian journalist Hassan Bility described a harrowing 1997 reporting trip to Sierra Leone in which he documented Liberian government support for the brutal RUF rebels. His testimony was undoubtedly...

Read More ›

Colombian court issues arrest warrant for Daniel Coronell

March 25, 2009 4:31 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2009--A court in Colombia has issued an arrest warrant for prominent journalist Daniel Coronell for contempt of court after he failed to correct for a second time a story linking a local businessman to drug trafficking,...

Read More ›

Ivorian editor abruptly jailed in libel case

March 20, 2009 4:23 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2009--Ivorian authorities on Thursday abruptly jailed a journalist who was scheduled to appear in court next week on libel charges related to a column critical of the government, according to local journalists and press reports. The...

Read More ›

Iraqi paper, former editor fined for defaming president

March 16, 2009 4:30 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2009--The court of appeals in Iraqi Kurdistan should overturn yesterday's decision to fine an independent newspaper and its former editor-in-chief for defaming Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today‎. The defamatory article...

Read More ›

CPJ awardee Mtetwa faces possible arrest in Zimbabwe

March 13, 2009 2:14 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2009--The Zimbabwean attorney general's office should halt a baseless criminal investigation into human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Read More ›

Egypt must halt campaign against bloggers

March 13, 2009 12:48 PM ET

Dear Mr. President: CPJ is writing to protest the relentless campaign of persecution against Internet journalists and bloggers by Egypt's various security services. Regrettably, the routine harassment and detention of bloggers, according to CPJ research, is only one element of an overall decline in press freedom in Egypt in recent years.

Read More ›

Swazi columnist criticizes king, gets fined ... in cows

March 11, 2009 6:12 PM ET

About two weeks ago, traditional authorities in the mountain kingdom of Swaziland slapped the nation's most outspoken political columnist, Mfomfo Nkambule, with a fine--to be paid in cows--for criticism of the administration of King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute ruler....

Read More ›

Algerian journalist provisionally released, facing jail term

March 9, 2009 5:20 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the provisional release on medical grounds of an Algerian journalist known for his denunciation of corruption under President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but is concerned that he will need to return to...

Read More ›