Criminal Defamation

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Kazakhstan decriminalizes defamation, but maintains detentions, criminal penalties for speech offenses

New York, July 8, 2020 — Kazakhstan authorities should deepen their reforms on laws affecting the press and ensure that journalists are never jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 27, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed into law amendments to the country’s criminal and administrative codes that decriminalized defamation, according…

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Brazilian police open criminal investigation into journalist Rafael Ventura for slander and defamation

Rio de Janeiro, June 26, 2020 — Brazilian authorities should drop a criminal investigation into journalist Rafael Ventura and refrain from investigating reporters for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 1, police in Ribeirão Pires, in São Paulo state, opened a criminal slander and defamation inquiry into Ventura, editor of…

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Honduras enacts penal code maintaining ‘crimes against honor’

New York, June 26, 2020 – In response to yesterday’s enactment of a new penal code in Honduras that maintains criminal penalties for so-called “crimes against honor,” including insult and slander, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Honduran lawmakers and President Juan Orlando Hernández had plenty of time to do the right…

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Niger journalist Samira Sabou jailed, charged with cybercrime over Facebook post

New York, June 12, 2020 — Authorities in Niger should immediately release journalist Samira Ibrahim Sabou and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities arrested Sabou, editor with the privately owned Niger Search news website and manager of the Mides-Niger news website, on June 10 after she responded to…

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Indonesian journalist held since early May on criminal defamation charge

Bangkok, June 9, 2020 – Indonesian authorities should immediately release journalist Diantara Putra Sumedi and stop legal proceedings against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Kotabaru, South Kalimantan province, have held Diantara in detention since May 4, in response to a criminal defamation complaint filed against him, according to news reports….

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The European Commission headquarters is seen in Brussels, Belgium, on April 23, 2020. CPJ recently joined a joint letter to the EU calling for reform of the group's defamation law. (Reuters/Johanna Geron)

CPJ joins call for reform of EU defamation law

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 25 other press freedom organizations today in sending a joint letter to the European Commission calling for reforms to European Union law on defamation.

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Police escort journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a court in Khulna, Bangladesh, on May 3, 2020. (Dhaka Tribune)

Missing Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol arrested after being found near Indian border

Washington, D.C., May 3, 2020–Police in Jessore, Bangladesh, should immediately release journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol from custody and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Military representatives are seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 10, 2020. The Myanmar military is suing Ye Ni, Burmese-language editor of the independent news website The Irrawaddy, for criminal defamation. (AP/Aung Shine Oo)

Myanmar military sues Irrawaddy editor Ye Ni over Rakhine conflict report

Bangkok, March 17, 2020 — The Myanmar military should immediately drop its criminal defamation complaint against editor Ye Ni and stop using legal threats to stifle reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People read newspapers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 30, 2019. Journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol recently went missing after he was named in a criminal defamation suit. (Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain)

Journalist missing in Bangladesh following defamation suit

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 — Bangladesh authorities should spare no effort to locate missing journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, and should not allow a criminal defamation case to proceed against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Soldiers are seen in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 12, 2020. The country's army recently filed a criminal defamation complaint against the Reuters news agency and a local lawmaker. (Reuters/Ann Wang)

Myanmar army files criminal defamation complaint against Reuters over Rohingya killing report

Bangkok, March 10, 2020 — The Myanmar army should drop its criminal defamation complaint against the Reuters news agency and should stop using legal threats to intimidate the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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