Defamation

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Attacks on the Press   |   Cuba

Connecting Cuba

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow the island nation's progress
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba's media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of independent reporters who are critical of, yet still support, socialist ideas.

Alerts   |   India

Indian journalist charged under Official Secrets Act

Indian Army recruits in ceremonial uniform graduate from a 49-week training program in Rangreth, Jammu and Kashmir, March 5, 2016. Journalist Poonam Argawal faces charges for an undercover investigative report alleging senior officers near Mumbai improperly ordered subordinates to carry out personal errands on their behalf.

New Delhi, April 3, 2017--Authorities in India should immediately drop all charges against Poonam Agrawal, a journalist for the English-language news website The Quint, the Committee to Protect journalists said today.

April 3, 2017 3:50 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian blogger, publisher jailed on defamation charges

Abuja, Nigeria, March 24, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo and newspaper publisher Samuel Welson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two have been held in a maximum security prison for more than a week as they await trial on charges of defamation and publishing false news.

Case   |   India

Indian court orders website to take down two articles on lawmaker

A city civil court in the southern Indian city of Bangalore on March 2, 2017, ordered the news website The Wire to take down two articles critical of Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a member of India's upper house of parliament, according to one of the website's founding editor and news reports.

March 9, 2017 1:39 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani blogger sentenced to prison for alleging abuse

In this screen grab, Mehman Huseynov reports from the villa of a senior Azerbaijani official.

New York, March 3, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release blogger and press freedom advocate Mehman Huseynov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Baku today sentenced Huseynov to two years in prison on defamation charges for alleging that police beat him, according to his lawyer and media reports. CPJ called on prosecutors not to contest Huseynov's appeal.

March 3, 2017 4:33 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Thailand

Defamation suit in Thailand restricts BBC reporter's freedom of movement

Bangkok, February 28, 2017--A court in Thailand has seized the passport of BBC reporter Jonathan Head in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Thai lawyer over a news report on alleged fraud committed on the tourist island of Phuket. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the restrictions on the reporter's freedom of movement and calls for an end to the use of criminal defamation complaints against journalists in Thailand.

February 28, 2017 1:48 PM ET

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Case   |   Malta

Court freezes Maltese blogger's bank accounts on libel accusations

A court in Malta on February 8, 2017, ordered blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia's bank accounts frozen after two government officials filed a libel case against her and demanded 47,000 euros in damages.

February 10, 2017 2:37 PM ET

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Statements   |   Kenya

Kenyan court finds criminal libel laws unconstitutional

Lawyers confer on the floor of Kenya's High Court in Nairobi, next to a copy of the country's constitution, March 8, 2013. (Reuters/Steve Crisp)

New York, February 6, 2017--Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 6, 2017 1:30 PM ET

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Case   |   Greece

Greek police raid newspaper office

Roughly 10 police officers on January 10, 2017, raided the Athens headquarters of the Greek daily newspaper Parapolitika and arrested the newspaper's director, Panagiotis Tzenos, Greek and regional media reported. The newspaper's publisher, Yiannis Kourtakis, was taken into custody later that day, according to Greek media reports.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian police raid investigative news website's office

Lagos, Nigeria, January 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and Evelyn Okakwu, who covers the judiciary for the website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes police officers raided the website's office in the capital Abuja and arrested the two today, holding them for hours before releasing them on condition they answer defamation charges in court tomorrow morning, the website reported.

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