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Topic “libel and defamation”

Ecuadorian magazine raided by the government sues President Correa for moral damages

On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Ecuadorian magazine Vanguardia sued President Rafael Correa for $2 million in moral damages, along with the court costs and lawyer's fees, reported Europa Press and the newspaper El Comercio. Read more »

Bolivian government accuses two newspapers of "inciting racism"

Two newspapers and a news agency in Bolivia face charges of "diffusion and incitement of racism or discrimination." The news agency claims it only reported what President Evo Morales said in a speech, reported the newspaper La Razón. Read more »

Colombian Supreme Court sues journalist for publishing critical opinions, warns another

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the Colombian Supreme Court announced a libel lawsuit against a journalist, and criticized commentaries published by another journalist, reported the newspaper El Tiempo and the magazine Semana. The court was upset over the columns that questioned and criticized some of the court's decisions. Read more »

Brazilian court rejects million dollar lawsuit against TV station

In another ruling in favor of press freedom, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, a court in São Paulo, Brazil, rejected a $3.5 million lawsuit against the TV station TV Globo, reported Conjur. Read more »

Bolivian government threatens to sue news agency for alleged defamation campaign against President Evo Morales

The Bolivian government said that it would sue the Fides News Agency (ANF in Spanish) for alleged defamation against Bolivian President Evo Morales, although the case is still being analyzed by a legal team, reported the newspaper Los Tiempos. Read more »

Court in Panama absolves three television journalists of defamation charges

Three Panamanian television journalists were absolved of defamation charges stemming from the broadcast of a video showing a police officer being bribed, reported the newspaper La Estrella on Tuesday, July 17. Read more »

Judge orders Idaho newspaper to identify anonymous commenter

A judge in Idaho has ordered the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper to identify an anonymous reader who posted a disparaging comment about a local politician on one of the newspaper's blogs, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. The judge's ruling limits "free speech in the online age," noted the Talking Points Memo news blog. Read more »


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