Defamation

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On June 5, Pakistan’s Supreme Court (pictured) issued show-cause notices to 34 news channels, asking them to explain, within two weeks, why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for airing press conferences by two parliamentarians who criticized the judiciary. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Pakistan province enacts harsh defamation law, Supreme Court presses legal action against 34 media outlets 

New York, June 11, 2024 – The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm on Tuesday that Pakistan’s east Punjab province hastily enacted a defamation law that is likely to greatly restrict press freedom, and the country’s Supreme Court issued notices to 34 media outlets in connection with their programming. On Saturday, June 8, acting Punjab…

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Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, seen here in 2020, sued the publication Mississippi Today for defamation based on its Pulitzer Prize-winning report on a welfare scandal that implicated the governor. Mississippi Today has appealed a court decison asking it to turn over privileged information. (Photo: AP/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pulitzer-winning Mississippi Today appeals order to turn over confidential source material

Washington, D.C., June 11, 2024—A county judge’s order to Mississippi Today newspaper to turn over privileged documents in relation to a defamation lawsuit by the state’s former governor, Phil Bryant, against the nonprofit and three of its employees is a threat to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Mississippi Today appealed on…

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An image of William Tonet, editor of Folha 8.

Angola journalist William Tonet’s home invaded by gunman as defamation case continues

New York, May 17, 2024 — Angolan authorities should credibly investigate a break-in at the home of prominent journalist William Tonet and drop the criminal defamation charges he faces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.  A man armed with a pistol broke into Tonet’s home in the capital, Luanda, at around 4 a.m. on…

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Belarus jails blogger Aliaksandr Ignatsiuk for 6 years on defamation, extortion charges

New York, April 19, 2023—Belarusian authorities must immediately release journalist Aliaksandr Ignatsiuk, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment, and ensure that no members of the press are jailed for their work. On April 5, a court in the southern city of Stolin convicted Ignatsiuk of extortion, organizing or participating in gross violations of public…

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Tunisian journalist Mohamed Boughaleb sentenced to 6 months in prison for defamation

New York, April 18, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tunisian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release journalist Mohamed Boughaleb after he was convicted by a Tunis court of defamation and sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday. “The sentencing of journalist Mohamed Boughaleb to six months in prison over social media posts…

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CPJ welcomes South Africa’s abolition of criminal defamation, calls for further legal reforms

Lusaka, April 10, 2024 – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signing into law a bill that abolishes criminal defamation, and urged authorities to reform other problematic laws that threaten press freedom in the country. On April 3, Ramaphosa signed the Judicial Matters Amendment Act (2023), which includes…

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Tunisian authorities arrest, charge journalist Mohamed Boughaleb

New York, April 3, 2024—Tunisian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Mohamed Boughaleb and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. Boughaleb, a reporter with local independent channel Carthage Plus and local independent radio station Cap FM, was arrested by Tunisian police on March 22 and charged with “defaming…

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4 Nigerian journalists charged with cybercrime, defamation over fraud investigation

Abuja, February 9, 2024—Authorities in Nigeria should immediately drop all charges against journalists Adisa-Jaji Azeez, Salihu Ayatullahi, Salihu Shola Taofeek, and Abdulrahman Taye Damilola, and allow them to work without fear of arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday.  On Tuesday, police officers arrested Azeez, managing director, and Ayatullahi, editor-in-chief, of the privately owned The Informant247 news website, over…

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Moroccan policemen

Moroccan authorities briefly arrest journalist Abdelmjid Amyay, ban Abdellatif al-Hamamouchi from traveling

On October 5, 2023, Moroccan police arrested journalist Abdelmjid Amyay, director of local independent news website Chams Post, at a coffee shop in the northeastern city of Oujda and detained him for one night for sharing articles about corruption in the city on his personal Facebook page, according to news reports. The following day, authorities…

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Angolan authorities charge journalist with criminal defamation over corruption report

New York, September 20, 2023—Prosecutors should drop the criminal defamation, insult, and forgery charges against Angolan journalist Liberato Furtado Pereira and stop retaliating against the journalist for his public interest reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.  Furtado, a reporter for privately owned Radio Luanda, is expected to appear before the district court in…

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