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Turkish court issues suspended prison term to journalist Nazan Sala

Istanbul, January 7, 2022 – Turkish authorities should vacate the suspended prison term issued to journalist Nazan Sala and stop harassing reporters for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Fifth Van Court of Serious Crimes convicted Sala, a freelance reporter, of making propaganda for a terrorist organization and issued her…

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Turkish court issues suspended prison terms to 5 over reporting on leaked emails

Istanbul, January 4, 2022 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a Turkish court’s recent sentencing of four journalists and one media worker to suspended prison terms relating to the 2016 coverage of the president’s son-in-law’s leaked emails. On December 31, 2021, the 29th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes convicted the five of “illegally…

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Algerian journalist Mustapha Bendjama given 2-month suspended prison sentence

On June 27, 2021, an appeals court in Annaba, in northeast Algeria, issued Mustapha Bedjama, editor-in-chief of the local independent news website Le Provincial, a two-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 20,000 dinars (US $150), according to news reports and Bendjama, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. The case stemmed from “harming…

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Peruvian journalist Erick Osores convicted of criminal defamation, given 1-year suspended prison term

On January 14, 2021, a Peruvian criminal court convicted journalist Erick Iván Osores Patiño of defamation and sentenced him to a one-year suspended prison term, according to news reports and Osores, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. Osores, a sports reporter for the Lima-based TV stations América Televisión and Canal N, told CPJ that…

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Russian journalist Aleksandr Pichugin awaiting verdict, sentencing in false news trial

Vilnius, Lithuania, November 10, 2020 — Russian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalist Aleksandr Pichugin and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Tomorrow, a court in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod is scheduled to announce the verdict and sentence in the trial of Pichugin, the chief…

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Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis is seen in Athens on October 29, 2012. Vaxevanis was recently convicted in a criminal defamation suit. (AP/Eurokinissi)

Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis handed suspended prison sentence for tweeting meme

Berlin, January 31, 2020 — Greek authorities should overturn the conviction of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis on appeal and reform the country’s outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Russian blogger Yegor Zhukov is seen in Moscow on December 6, 2019. That day, a Moscow court sentenced him to a three-year suspended sentence on charges of “inciting extremism directed against the Russian state." (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Russian blogger Yegor Zhukov handed suspended sentence for 2017 protest coverage

Vilnius, Lithuania, December 12, 2019 — Russian authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Yegor Zhukov and should allow him to work without fear of prosecution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An inmate is seen in a prison in Porto Velho, Rondônia state, Brazil, on August 28, 2015. A Rondônia court recently sentenced two journalists to suspended jail terms for defamation. (Reuters/Nacho Doce)

Brazilian electoral court sentences 2 journalists to suspended jail time for defamation

On November 21, 2019, Brazilian regional news website Planeta Folha published a report uncovering a previously unreported criminal defamation lawsuit against journalists Donizete Bernardo dos Santos and Josias Brito da Silva.

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The Shargh Daily newspaper is seen in Tehran on July 10, 2019. A political columnist at the paper and another local journalist were recently sentenced to jailtime on propaganda charges. (Reuters/Nazanin Tabatabaee/West Asia News Agency)

Iranian court sentences 2 journalists to jail on propaganda charges

In October 2019, the Tehran Appeals Court sentenced Pouria Alami, a political columnist and satirist with the reformist Shargh Daily, to one year in prison and Tahereh Riahi, the former social affairs editor of the government-funded Borna News Agency, to two and a half years in prison, according to news reports and a person close…

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Anar Mammadov, editor-in-chief of independent news website Criminal.az, is set to appeal his conviction on false news, anti-state, and other charges on June 4. (Anar Mammadov)

Azerbaijani journalist to appeal 5.5 year suspended prison sentence

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2019 — Azerbaijani authorities should drop the charges against journalist Anar Mammadov and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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