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Newspapers are seen lying on the pavement in Santiago, Chile, on March 5, 2018. A Chilean journalist is facing jail time on criminal defamation charges if convicted in a court date set for August 2018. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)

Chilean reporter could face jail time on criminal defamation charges

New York, July 27, 2018–Chilean authorities should immediately drop all criminal proceedings against a journalist charged with defamation, and lawmakers should act swiftly to repeal all criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, could face up to three years in prison if convicted next month.

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