Peruvian Blogger Sentenced To Jail & Fined For Linking To Articles About Politician's Past
from the this-is-defamation? dept
The Groove Tiger alerts us to the news coming out of Peru, of a blogger, Jose Alejandro Godoy, who has been sentenced to three years in jail and fined over $100,000 (Google translation of the original Spanish) for writing a blog post about a Peruvian politician, Jorge Mufarech. The post linked to various news reports of criminal charges made against Mufarech in the past, and Mufarech claimed that such links were defamatory. Godoy pointed out that the information he wrote about was well-sourced and came from others, and also that he had offered Mufarech a right to reply, if he wanted it. Yet, the court still found him guilty of criminal defamation, leading to the jailtime. Godoy is appealing, but just the fact that the case has gone this far should be seen as quite troubling.