Criminal Defamation

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Finnish journalist Johanna Vehkoo fined for criminal defamation

April 17, 2019 8:43 AM ET

Berlin, April 17, 2019 -- Finnish authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against investigative journalist Johanna Vehkoo on appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Offices of independent Belarusian TV station Belsat raided in slander case

April 11, 2019 12:25 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2019 -- Belarusian authorities should immediately drop their criminal slander investigation of independent online television station Belsat and allow the broadcaster's reporters and staff to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Italy's Matteo Salvini pursues criminal defamation against journalist Roberto Saviano

March 29, 2019 1:54 PM ET

Berlin, March 29, 2019 -- The Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against freelance investigative journalist and author Roberto Saviano, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Q&A: Rodney Sieh on how Liberia's press is faring under Weah presidency

January 29, 2019 7:01 PM ET

Rodney Sieh, editor-in-chief and publisher of Liberian investigative outlet FrontPageAfrica, knows first-hand the harassment and risks critical journalists in his country face. In 2013, CPJ documented how he was sentenced to prison over unpaid fines in a criminal defamation...

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Honduras court upholds journalist's 10-year prison sentence for defamation

January 15, 2019 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Honduran Supreme Court's decision to uphold a 2016 ruling sentencing journalist David Romero Ellner to 10 years in prison on criminal defamation charges....

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Lawsuits and economic crisis drive Venezuela's journalists into exile

December 18, 2018 12:08 PM ET

When Ewald Scharfenberg, the founding editor of the Venezuelan investigative news website Armando.Info, holds editorial meetings, he pulls out his mobile phone. That's because most of his reporters are in Venezuela while Scharfenberg lives and works in neighboring Colombia....

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CPJ calls on Brazil to end its use of criminal defamation to persecute journalists

December 13, 2018 6:18 PM ET

New York, December 13, 2018--Brazilian authorities should cease prosecuting journalists for defamation and repeal the country's outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police took Paulo Cezar de Andrade Prado, a blogger known as "Paulinho,"...

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Singapore police seize equipment, interrogate editor of The Online Citizen

November 26, 2018 11:47 AM ET

On November 20, 2018, five police officers seized a desktop computer, mobile devices, and laptops from the Singapore home of Terry Xu, chief editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, according to news reports. Xu was summoned...

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Libyan authorities charge journalist with defamation, publishing state secrets

November 8, 2018 2:20 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Libyan city of Ajilat to end their persecution of freelance journalist Mukhtar al-Halak, who is due in court on November 12 on charges of...

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DRC newspaper editor detained for criminal defamation

October 12, 2018 6:19 PM ET

Goma, October 12, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Sylvanie Kiaku, editor of the privately owned weekly newspaper La Percée, who was arrested on October 10 in the capital, Kinshasa, and drop charges of...

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