Criminal Libel

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Ugandan authorities detain 2 journalists on criminal libel charges

Nairobi, June 9, 2021— Ugandan authorities should drop the criminal libel charges against journalists Pidson Kareire and Darious Magara, and reform the country’s laws to decriminalize speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On May 27, the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court in Kampala, the capital, charged Kareire and Magara with criminal defamation and…

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Russia moves to curb internet following investigative reports on Navalny poisoning

Vilnius, Lithuania, December 22, 2020—Russian authorities have advanced measures to punish online libel, police the internet, and protect officials’ personal data since December 14, when international news websites published reports investigating the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to human rights news website Mediazona and a media lawyer interviewed by CPJ. The joint investigation by…

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Uzbek parliament moves to criminalize ‘dissemination of false information’

New York, December 21, 2020 – Uzbek authorities should halt attempts to criminalize sharing allegedly false information and ensure that journalists can operate freely without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 15, deputies of the lower chamber of Uzbekistan’s parliament, the Oliy Majlis, approved amendments to the country’s criminal…

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CPJ welcomes repeal of criminal libel in Sierra Leone, urges further reform

Abuja, Nigeria, October 30, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed Sierra Leone’s repeal of its criminal libel laws, and called for further reforms to ensure that journalists can work freely. On October 28, President Julius Maada Bio signed a law revising the country’s 1965 Public Order Act to remove measures that criminalized…

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Investigative journalist Paola Ugaz faces criminal defamation suit in Peru

New York, September 22, 2020 — Peruvian authorities must stop the campaign of legal harassment against journalist Paola Ugaz and take steps to reform the country’s criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Ninth Criminal Court of Lima held the first hearing in a criminal defamation trial for Ugaz, an…

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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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Police officers are seen in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on June 10, 2019. Kazakh journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov was recently jailed on criminal libel charges. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

Kazakh journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov jailed on criminal libel charges

New York, October 18, 2019 – Kazakhstan authorities should immediately release journalist Amangeldy Batyrbekov, drop all charges against him, and allow him to work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The Honduran National Congress is seen in Tegucigalpa on January 25, 2018. The congress recently announced that it would remove criminal defamation articles from the country's penal code. (AFP/Orlando Sierra)

Honduras to drop criminal defamation from new penal code

Miami, September 3, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an announcement by the Honduran National Congress that the country will decriminalize defamation and slander.

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Rappler editor Maria Ressa is seen in Pasig City, Philippines, on March 29, 2019. Ressa's cyber libel trial recently opened in the Philippines. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Cyber libel trial opens against Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

Bangkok, July 25, 2019 — Philippine authorities should drop pending cyber libel charges against Rappler editor Maria Ressa and cease their legal harassment campaign against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists broadcast from the Belsat TV studio in Warsaw, Poland, on January 31, 2011. The broadcaster's Minsk, Belarus, offices were recently raided by police in a slander case. (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)

Offices of independent Belarusian TV station Belsat raided in slander case

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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