Suriname journalist detained, investigated on defamation charges after reporting on police

  • Source: CPJ
  • May 10, 2022

"On May 3, journalist Mones Nazarali turned himself in at the police headquarters in the city of Nieuw Nickerie, in Suriname’s Nickerie district, after being summoned by the police following a criminal complaint [...]. Police arrested Nazarali, who was taken before a public prosecutor and charged with several crimes, including defamation, slander, disturbing the public order, and insulting the police, which all carry prison sentences under the criminal code, according to the same sources.

The charges stem from a complaint filed by two high-ranking police officers, including the regional commander, after Nazarali broadcast a report for Actionnieuws Suriname, a news outlet that publishes on Facebook, from outside police headquarters alleging corruption and incompetence in the Nickerie police force, according to the sources.

Nazarali was released on May 5, but the investigation against him continues, according to news reports and Thomas."

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