Civil Defamation

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Former vice-president Diosdado Cabello, pictured during a National Constituent Assembly session in January. Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered La Patilla to pay Cabello US$5 million in damages. (AFP/Federico Parra)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court orders La Patilla to pay US$5m in damages to Cabello

Bogotá, Colombia, June 7, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court, which according to news reports ordered the independent news site La Patilla to pay US$5 million damages to a former vice-president as part of a civil defamation lawsuit.

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Álvaro Uribe, center, poses for pictures with supporters at his home in Rionegro, Colombia, in June 2018. Colombia's former president filed a civil defamation suit in the U.S. against journalist Daniel Coronell. (AFP/Joaquin Sarmiento)

Uribe lawsuit part of ‘systematic campaign to silence me,’ Colombian reporter Coronell says

A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist Daniel Coronell is the latest broadside in a long and bitter dispute pitting one of Colombia’s most powerful politicians against an investigative reporter.

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Senator Alvaro Uribe Velez is seen at the National Congress in Bogota, Colombia, on April 30, 2019. Uribe and his allies have recently filed defamation suits and retraction requests against journalist Daniel Coronell. (AFP/Diana Sanchez)

Former Colombian President Uribe and allies file defamation suits against Daniel Coronell

New York, May 8, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by civil defamation lawsuits filed in the U.S. state of Florida against journalist Daniel Coronell by former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, now a senator, and his allies, which could have a chilling effect on reporting on the Colombian politician.

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Policemen are seen at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Liberia, on December 7, 2017. Journalists from local radio station Roots FM were recently sued for $500,000 in a civil defamation suit by the Liberian minister of state for presidential affairs. (Reuters/James Giahyue)

Radio station and show hosts sued for defamation in Liberia

Cape Town, May 1, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a $500,000 civil defamation lawsuit filed against the Roots 102.7 FM radio station and two of its hosts by the Liberian minister of state for presidential affairs, Nathaniel McGill.

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Reliance Group sues India’s NDTV for US$1 billion over its reporting on Rafale jet deal

New Delhi, October 19, 201– The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group, owned by businessman Anil Ambani, to end its use of excessive civil defamation cases filed against critical news outlets. Reliance Group yesterday filed a civil defamation case seeking Rs10,000 crore (US$1.35 billion) against the privately owned NDTV…

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A Turkish man in a 'freedom for journalists' T-shirt is thrown out of a press conference for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28. (AP/Michael Sohn)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 27, 2018

Erdoğan in Germany A Turkish man wearing a “freedom for journalists” T-shirt was thrown out of a press conference between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on September 28, video from Euronews and Özgürüz showed. The man was identified as Adil Yiğit, chief editor for the Turkish language news website…

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