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Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein due to be freed from Panama prison

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, pictured in a prison compound in Panama, is due to be freed by December 23. (CPJ/Jan-Albert Hootsen)

New York, December 20, 2016--Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein is due to be released unconditionally from a Panamanian prison by December 23, his lawyer Manuel Succari told CPJ today. The journalist was named in a list published by the government today of people whose sentences were reduced as part of a presidential pardon. Ornstein was arrested November 15 over a criminal defamation conviction dating back to 2012, which carried a 20-month prison term, his lawyer said.

December 20, 2016 3:39 PM ET

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CPJ welcomes release of Puntland journalist

Jama with his two sons. (Horseed Media)

New York, November 8, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the presidential pardon and release today of radio journalist Abdifatah Jama, who was imprisoned in August for airing an interview with an Islamist rebel leader in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. CPJ had repeatedly called for his release.

Jama, deputy director of Horseed Media, had begun serving a six-year prison sentence after being convicted on treason charges in a closed-door trial. Jama had appealed the ruling, which was based on his authorization of an interview with Sheikh Mohamed Said Atom, who has waged a guerrilla war against the Puntland administration since 2005. 

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