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Dominican Republic - Journalist receives six-month sentence and harsh fine in defamation case

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Johnny Alberto Salazar, head of the community radio station Vida FM and the online newspaper vidadominicana.com in Nagua has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment and fined 1 million pesos (25,600 dollars), on 18 January, for libelling the lawyer Pedro Baldera, chairman of the human rights commission in the northern province of María Trinidad Sánchez. The journalist plans to appeal once the full verdict has been pronounced on 26 January. “Whatever the truth of the offending statements, (...)

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