UPDATE (5 May 2016): On 3 May 2016, World Press Freedom Day, a court in Peru found Caretas journalist Rafael León Rodríguez (also known as Rafo Leon) guilty of defamation. Rafael León Rodríguez was given a one year suspended sentence and ordered to pay $1,800 in damages to the plaintiff, former El Comercio editor Martha Meier.
Posts Tagged: criminal defamation
English PEN joins our colleagues at PEN International and PEN Bangladesh in expressing concern at reports that The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam is currently facing some 38 lawsuits on charges of criminal defamation and sedition. According to news reports, a total of 30 defamation cases and eight sedition charges have been filed against The
Around the world, criminal defamation laws are routinely abused to inhibit critical media coverage, silence dissent and protect political and economic interests. They are one of the most widely recognised obstacles to media freedom and freedom of expression globally, since the threat of criminal prosecution and the risk of a criminal record are particularly strong
Take action for writer Can Dündar ahead of his hearing on 26 February
Writer, journalist and publisher handed suspended sentence for defaming Erdoğan.