New York, September
29, 2009—U.S. freelance journalist Joe Sharkey, who covered a 2006 plane
crash in Brazil in which he was a passenger, faces an onerous civil defamation
suit for comments he said were wrongly attributed to him. On the third
anniversary of the accident, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on
Brazilian judicial authorities to dismiss the case, which is based on the
tenuous claim that the comments insulted the nation of
On July 31, 2009, Judge Dácio Vieira of the
On July 16, 2009, police detained freelance photographer
Antônio Carlos Argemi while he was covering a protest outside the home of
New York, May 28, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's conviction in the June 2003 murder of Brazilian journalist Nicanor Linhares but calls on the authorities to ensure that all those involved in the killing of the radio host are brought to justice.
New York, May 7, 2009--The Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal's decision to strike down the 1967 Press Law, a measure that imposed harsh penalties for libel and slander, is a crucial step forward in the campaign to eliminate criminal defamation laws in the Americas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ and other groups had long urged that the anachronistic law be removed from the books.
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