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December 13, 2018--Brazilian authorities should cease prosecuting journalists for defamation and repeal the country's outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.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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Three journalists detained in Greece after minister files complaint

September 26, 2018 10:19 AM ET

Athens police on September 22, 2018 detained three journalists from the daily newspaper Fileleftheros, for one day after Greece's Defense Minister Panos Kammenos accused the paper of defaming him in an article that alleged mishandling of EU funds for...

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DRC journalist jailed for criminal defamation

September 14, 2018 3:10 PM ET

Goma, September 14, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Tharcisse Zongia, editor-in-chief of the satirical weekly Grognon, who was jailed on September 6 in Kinshasa for criminal defamation, and take action to abolish the...

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In Mauritania, 2 journalists jailed for a week on criminal defamation complaint

August 24, 2018 1:26 PM ET

The editor-chief and the publisher, respectively, of two independent Mauritanian news websites were arrested on August 8, 2018, and held for a week on criminal defamation charges, according to news reports. They were released on bail August 15, according to...

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New Nepali criminal code threatens press freedom

August 20, 2018 4:21 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 20, 2018--Nepal's government must repeal or amend the new criminal code that came into effect on August 17 to remove provisions that severely threaten press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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