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Peruvian archbishop withdraws defamation suit against second journalist

A senior representative of the Peruvian Catholic Church who accused an investigative journalist of defamation withdrew his lawsuit against her. Days prior, the Archbishop did the same with another journalist, who had just been sentenced criminally for the case against him. Read more »


Venezuela leads Latin America with the most journalists jailed because of their work, according to CPJ

Three journalists in Venezuela and a blogger in Brazil are among at least 251 journalists jailed around the world in relation to their work. Read more »


Judge acquits Chilean journalist Javier Rebolledo, sued for defamation by former Army official

Chilean journalist Javier Rebolledo Escobar was acquitted of the crime of defamation (injurias graves con publicidad) after being accused by a former Army official sentenced for crimes against humanity committed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), news agency EFE reported. Read more »


Chilean journalist could get jail time if convicted of defamation; experts warn about effects on press freedom

The case of Chilean journalist Javier Ignacio Rebolledo Escobar, who faces a possible prison sentence for injuria (defamation), may have negative effects on press freedom in the South American country. Read more »


Civil judge rules in favor of Venezuelan official in defamation case and imposes fine on newspaper El Nacional

El Nacional, one of the leading independent newspapers in Venezuela that continues to cover the entire country in its print and digital formats, will have to pay a fine of reparation of one billion bolivars (around US $12,000) for "moral damage," according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Dutch journalist jailed in Panama gets reduction in sentence and will be released

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein who is jailed in Panama on charges of criminal defamation will be released by the Panamanian president in the midst of an international campaign for his release, according to his supporters. Ornstein is on a list from the Ministry of Government of persons to receive a reduction of sentence from the President of Panama in the coming days. However, the announcement does not provide further details. Read more »


Defamation case against Bolivian journalist terminated after he recants statement about President Morales

A Bolivian judge shelved legal proceedings against journalist Humberto Vacaflor that were started after President Evo Morales filed a case against the journalist for criminal defamation.


Colombian judge decides to terminate investigation against journalists accused of defamation

At the request of the prosecution, a criminal court in Bogotá, Colombia agreed to terminate the investigation for injuria (defamation) against journalist Juan Esteban Mejía Upegui, according to newspaper El Espectador.


Court annuls defamation sentence against Peruvian journalist 'Rafo' León

A Peruvian court annulled the conviction of Rafael Léon Rodríguez, a Peruvian journalist who was sentenced on May 3 for aggravated defamation, La República reported. The original sentence carried a one-year suspended prison term and a payment of 6,000 nuevo soles (about US $1,800) in civil damages. Read more »


Honduran journalist convicted of defamation faces up to three years in prison and a professional ban

In Honduras, investigative journalist Ariel Armando D’Vicente Jarquín, 48, was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of defamation for reporting on a former police chief, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


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