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.

The police officer sued news anchors Siria Miranda and Eduardo Lim Yueng, along with reporter Kelyneth Pérez, of the channel TVN-2, accusing them of slander for the video that aired Aug. 31, 2009, according to the news agency AFP.

The Panamanian journalists characterized the court's decision as a "victory for freedom of expression,” according to the newspaper Hora Cero.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.