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Moroccan editor, source convicted in defamation case

New York, June 30–Moroccan journalist Hamid al-Mahdaoui was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence by a Casablanca court on Monday and ordered, along with a co-defendant named in the case, to pay a combined 100,000 Moroccan dirhams ($10,290) in damages for criminal defamation, according to the journalist’s website and other news outlets.

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The four radio journalists, seen in court in Mogadishu. From left: Mohamud Mohamed Dahir, Mohamed Bashir Hashi, Ahmed Abdi Hassan, and Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamed. (Radio Kulmiye)

Radio journalists given hefty fines in Somalia, one still detained

Nairobi, March 3, 2015–A Somali court in Mogadishu on Sunday convicted one journalist of public incitement and two others of publishing false news and imposed harsh fines on them, according to news reports. The journalists are out of prison, but a fourth is still being detained, the reports said.

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Cameroon bans paper, gives editor suspended sentence

New York, March 28, 2011–Authorities in Cameroon must end judicial harassment of journalists reporting on public corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court handed an editor a suspended prison sentence and banned his newspaper for reporting on alleged mismanagement of a transportation company.

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Journalists continue to be detained and tried in Belarus

New York, January 13, 2011–As a part of the ongoing crackdown in Belarus on independent reporters, the Belarusian security service (KGB) has detained journalist Andrzej Poczobut, a Grodno correspondent for the largest Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, and freelance reporter Irina Charniauka in Minsk, local press reported today. Poczobut was also summarily tried and fined

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Editor, journalist jailed for contempt in Bangladesh

New York, August 20, 2010–Bangladesh’s Supreme Court should review and overturn jail terms and fines it gave to three journalists from a pro-opposition daily Thursday for contempt of court, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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