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One step forward, two steps backward on defamation in Latin America

One step forward, two big steps backward in the fight against criminal defamation in Latin America: while a judge in Paraguay acquitted a journalist on defamation charges on Friday, reporters in the Dominican Republic and Cuba continued to face prison terms for libel. In Asunción, ABC Color columnist Alberto Candia had been the target of […]

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BLOG: Former Dominican Republic leader advocates blasphemy laws

Since his third term as president of the Dominican Republic ended in August, Leonel Fernández has been busy, recently embarking on trips to Europe and North America, where he received the “Statesman of the Year” award from the Canadian Council for the Americas, which recognised him for mediation and democracy-building efforts in Latin America. But […]

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Dominican Republic journalist sentenced to prison for defamation

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned a judge’s ruling yesterday in the Dominican Republic that sentenced a journalist to three months in prison for defamation Melton Pineda is the second Dominican journalist to face prison for defamation in 2012, following the January conviction of Johnny Alberto Salazar, whose case was later overturned on appeal. […]

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OP-ED: Criminal defamation laws in the Caribbean are ripe for repeal

Early this year, Dominican journalist Johnny Alberto Salazar was sentenced to six months in jail for slander and libel. The charges stemmed from Salazar’s on-air comments accusing Pedro Baldera, a local Human Rights Committee official, of “protecting delinquents and people linked to organised crime.” Salazar, an elected council member and well-known local gadfly, said prior […]

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