False News

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Lebanon charges journalists with defamation, false news

July 12, 2018 4:13 PM ET

Beirut's Publication Court, headed by Judge Raffoul Bustani, on July 5, 2018, convicted and fined five Lebanese journalists for offenses including criminal defamation and spreading false news, according to news reports and the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center...

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CPJ calls on Egyptian authorities to release journalists held on false news charges

July 10, 2018 11:31 AM ET

Washington, D.C., July 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to drop the charges against a group of journalists held in pretrial detention for false news and release the journalists immediately....

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Taiwanese lawmakers propose criminalizing spread of fake news

June 13, 2018 12:22 PM ET

Taipei, June 13, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Taiwan's parliament, known as the Legislative Yuan, to reject a proposed amendment that would make spreading fake news punishable by imprisonment or a fine....

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Egyptian authorities detain blogger Wael Abbas

May 23, 2018 4:06 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2018--Egyptian authorities should release immediately Wael Abbas, a blogger who has documented Egyptian police abuse, and end their senseless campaign against the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police at dawn today detained...

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Military court in Egypt sentences journalist to 10 years in jail

May 22, 2018 4:07 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the sentencing today of Egyptian freelancer Ismail Alexandrani. A military court in Cairo found Alexandrani guilty of being a member of a banned organization and spreading false news,...

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CPJ joins calls for Kazakhstan to revise false news law and drop charges against critical media

May 18, 2018 5:21 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 25 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kazakh authorities to drop criminal defamation cases against media outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and revise the law on dissemination...

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Gambia declares criminal defamation unconstitutional, keeps some laws on sedition, false news

May 10, 2018 4:05 PM ET

Nairobi, May 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the Gambian Supreme Court's decision yesterday to declare criminal defamation unconstitutional, but is dismayed that segments of the country's criminal code on sedition and false news were upheld....

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Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law

May 10, 2018 11:40 AM ET

Nairobi, May 10, 2018 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom....

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CPJ alarmed by Egypt's detention of video blogger Shadi Abu Zaid

May 8, 2018 1:47 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the detention of Shadi Abu Zaid, a video blogger who produces and anchors his own satirical news show....

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Malaysia issues first 'fake news' conviction

April 30, 2018 12:28 PM ET

Bangkok, April 30, 2018--In a verdict with grave implications for press freedom, a Malaysian court today handed down the nation's first conviction under its recently enacted "fake news" law, according to press reports....

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