Defamation

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Case   |   Malta

Court freezes Maltese blogger's bank accounts on libel accusations

A court in Malta on February 8, 2017, ordered blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia's bank accounts frozen after two government officials filed a libel case against her and demanded 47,000 euros in damages.

February 10, 2017 2:37 PM ET

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Statements   |   Kenya

Kenyan court finds criminal libel laws unconstitutional

Lawyers confer on the floor of Kenya's High Court in Nairobi, next to a copy of the country's constitution, March 8, 2013. (Reuters/Steve Crisp)

New York, February 6, 2017--Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 6, 2017 1:30 PM ET

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Case   |   Greece

Greek police raid newspaper office

Roughly 10 police officers on January 10, 2017, raided the Athens headquarters of the Greek daily newspaper Parapolitika and arrested the newspaper's director, Panagiotis Tzenos, Greek and regional media reported. The newspaper's publisher, Yiannis Kourtakis, was taken into custody later that day, according to Greek media reports.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian police raid investigative news website's office

Lagos, Nigeria, January 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and Evelyn Okakwu, who covers the judiciary for the website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes police officers raided the website's office in the capital Abuja and arrested the two today, holding them for hours before releasing them on condition they answer defamation charges in court tomorrow morning, the website reported.

Blog   |   UK

UK's Section 40 press law would curb independent, investigative journalism

Labour MP Chris Bryant holds copies of the Leveson Report into press ethics in 2012, which led to the creation of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. A consultation on enacting the restrictive legislation, which came about as a result of the inquiry, ends January 10. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

British journalists say the future of independent and investigative journalism in the U.K. is at stake, as a deadline for public consultation on press regulation ends tomorrow. If it is implemented, Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 would leave news outlets not signed up to an official press regulator liable for the legal costs of both sides in any libel or privacy court case--even if the outlet won.

Alerts   |   Cameroon

Press freedom under attack in Cameroon

Protesters block a road in Bamenda, Cameroon, December 8, 2016. (Reuters)

Abuja, Nigeria, December 16, 2016--The Cameroonian government and security services should immediately reverse a series of repressive measures that have produced a crisis of media freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   USA

Transition to Trump: First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams on Trump's power over libel laws

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors.

President-elect Donald Trump meets with President Barack Obama in November as the new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11

Seen through a Turkish flag, people gather outside Istanbul's Vodafone Stadium to pay respects to those killed in a bombing, December 11, 2016. Turkish authorities imposed a ban on coverage of the attack. (AP/Emrah Gurel)

Columnist jailed pending 'insult' trial for remarks on Syria
Istanbul's Ninth Court of Penal Peace this evening ordered Hüsnü Mahalli, a columnist for the leftist newspaper Yurt, jailed pending trial on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a board of civil servants in the course of discharging their duties," the official Anatolia Agency reported.

Case   |   Mozambique

Mozambican journalist detained for 34 days

Police arrested Arcénio Sebastião Macuene, a Mozambican freelance journalist, on October 8, 2016, and held him on charges of defaming a police official until press freedom advocates paid his bail on November 11, Mozambican journalists and press freedom advocates told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

November 29, 2016 12:54 PM ET

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Case   |   Nigeria

Nigerian secret police arrest online journalist

Three operatives of the State Security Service, Nigeria's secret police, on September 6 arrested Emenike Iroegbu, who runs the news website Abia Facts, from his home in Uyo, the capital of the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on suspicion of libelling the governor of neighboring Abia state, according to news reports. The operatives searched Iroegbu's house and took away his laptops, his phones, and his wife's phones, the reports said. The SSS released him the following day, and returned all items confiscated in the arrest, according to press reports.

September 19, 2016 3:59 PM ET

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