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Bolivian press associations reject accusation against journalist Roberto Puma

"Bolivia's press associations rejected on Sept. 10 the accusation against a journalist who denounced the poor condition of school breakfasts in the southern department of Tarija, Bolivia. A mayor initiated legal proceedings against him, demanding he reveals his source. The National Association of the Bolivian Press (ANPB) and the Association of Journalists of La Paz […]

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Costa Rica is responsible for the violation of freedom of expression of two journalists: IACHR Court ruling

"In the ruling filed today in the Case of Moya Chacón et al. v. Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found the State of Costa Rica internationally responsible for the violation of the right to freedom of thought and expression to the detriment of journalists Ronald Moya Chacón and Freddy Parrales Chaves, as […]

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Paraguay: Journalist and editor of ABC Color newspaper are acquitted

"A Paraguayan court acquitted journalist Juan Carlos Lezcano and the director of ABC Color, Natalia Zuccolillo, of guilt and reproach. The former vice-minister of taxation of that country, Marta González Ayala, had sued them for alleged defamation because she felt affected by the news outlet's publications. 'The typical elements for slander and defamation are not […]

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Colombian Constitutional Court to review journalist's action against the National Protection Unit for personal data collection

"The Constitutional Court [of Colombia] selected for review a tutela (constitutional protection action) filed by journalist Claudia Julieta Duque against the National Protection Unit (UNP, by its Spanish acronym) for having collected, without her consent, 25,183 records through the GPS of the vehicle assigned for her protection. She claims she was a victim of illegal […]

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Guatemala: Journalist José Rubén Zamora to remain in jail while being prosecuted for alleged racketeering, money laundering and influence peddling

"Guatemalan judge Freddy Orellana issued an indictment and remanded journalist José Rubén Zamora in custody on charges of money laundering, racketeering and influence peddling. (...) As requested by the Prosecutor's Office, the judge ordered that Zamora, 65, remain in jail, where he has been since his arrest on July 29, considering that there is a […]

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Cuba sentences journalist Yuri Valle Roca to 5 years in prison

"Cuban journalist and activist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca - detained since June 2021 - was sentenced to 5 years in prison for the crimes of 'enemy propaganda of a continued nature,' independent news outlets from the island reported on Aug. 29. Valle Roca was sentenced along with three other dissidents who received joint seven-year sentences […]

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Honduran journalist criminally charged over reporting on Indigenous evictions

“On May 22, Juan Argueta, a landowner in the municipality of San Jose, filed a criminal complaint against [journalist Sonia] Pérez, a correspondent for the local broadcaster Radio Progreso, accusing her of trespassing and damage to private property, according to news reports, a report by Radio Progreso, and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via […]

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Argentina: FOPEA celebrates court ruling in favor of journalist Irene Benito

“The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA, for its acronym in Spanish) celebrates the ruling of the Tucumán Courts that establishes that journalist Irene Benito was being unfairly criminalized. The ruling of the criminal judge Alicia Freidenberg dismisses the complaint filed by Alfredo Falú, a lawyer and public official who had been investigated by Benito and the […]

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Brazilian court upholds conviction of President Bolsonaro for crimes against journalist Patrícia Campos Mello

"The 8th Private Law Chamber of the São Paulo State Court of Justice (TJSP, by its Portuguese acronym) upheld the conviction of President Jair Bolsonaro for offense and sexual insinuations against journalist Patrícia Campos Mello, of the [newspaper] Folha de S. Paulo. By 4 votes to 1, the judges upheld the lower court's decision and […]