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Angolan Journalist Prosecuted for Claiming Human Rights Abuses in Mining Industry

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5 Jun 2013

Rafael Marques has described Angola's diamond mining industry as being plagued by murders, beatings, and arbitrary detentions and filed a criminal complaint against top generals. In response, a criminal libel case was brought against him.

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Costly grain

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16 Jun 2010

In early 2008 the price of grain in Kazakhstan was rising, and journalist Almas Kusherbaev wrote an article in a local newspaper in which he judged the reason was that producers could get a better return abroad than at home.

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Caught in the act

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1 Jun 2010

A Philippines broadcaster, Alex Adonis, reported that a Congressman who was having an affair with a married woman had been seen running naked from a hotel after being caught with her by her husband. Adonis was tried in his absence and without legal representation for criminal libel and given a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence. The first he knew of the sentence was when he was arrested to be taken to jail. The MLDI is working with a local lawyer to draft a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee, challenging the sentence and highlighting the serious procedural flaws of the trial.

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