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Topic “libel and defamation”

International organizations decry Ecuadorian newspaper director's prison sentence for libel


An Ecuadorian judge's decision to sentence Hoy newspaper director Jaime Mantilla Anderson to three months in prison for libel drew condemnation from the Inter American Commission of Human Rights' Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, the Inter American Press Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists, reported the news agency EFE. Read more »


Brazilian blogger critical of local politicians is found dead in his house

Amilton Alexander, a Brazilian blogger known as Mosquito was found dead in his house Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the city of Florianópolis, in the state of Santa Catarina, according to Cangablog. Read more »


Journalism groups support freedom of expression rapporteur under fire in Ecuador

Warning of a "progressive loss of fundamental rights" in Ecuador, the Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations, during its half-yearly meeting Dec. Read more »


Costa Rica creates new appeals process thanks to a journalist's defamation case


On Dec. 9, Costa Rican courts opened an avenue to appeal criminal libel sentences thanks to an Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) case involving a defamation charge against a journalist, reported AFP. Read more »


Peruvian columnist sentenced to two years in prison for defamation


On Wednesday, Dec. 7, a Peruvian journalist was sentenced to two years in prison for defamation, reported the newspaper La Primera. The conviction stems from a column Luis Torres Montero wrote that was a satire about former defense minister Rafael Rey, which La Primera published in April 2010. Read more »


Mexico decriminalizes slander and libel


The Mexican Senate approved the decriminalization of slander and libel, reported the newspaper El Universal on Nov. 29. Mexico joined El Salvador as the second country in Latin America to decriminalize honor crimes, according to Newswatch. Read more »


Mexican newspaper loses libel lawsuit against magazine


On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Mexican Supreme Court denied the appeal of the newspaper La Jornada that had sued the weekly magazine Letras Libres for defamation, according to El Economista. Read more »


Six-month prison sentence upheld for Ecuadoran radio journalist accused of libeling a doctor


A court in Ecuador has ratified a six-month prison sentence against a radio broadcaster accused of defaming a doctor two years ago, according to IFEX.

Carlos Ignacio Cedeño was a radio journalist at Read more »


Human Rights Watch calls on Ecuador to repeal criminal insult laws


Human Rights Watch asked the Ecuadorian government to repeal all insult and defamation laws against public officials, the New York-based human rights organization announced. Read more »


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