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Angola journalist Rafael Marques convicted of defamation

The International Press Institute (IPI) condemned the suspended six-month prison sentence given to Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais over his book outlining human rights abuses connected with the country’s diamond mining industry, saying the outcome represented “a cynical abuse of law”.

A judge in Luanda yesterday issued the sentenced after finding Marques guilty of defaming seven Angolan generals in his book “Blood Diamonds: Torture and Corruption in Angola”, which received wide international attention and numerous awards for exposing cases of torture and killings in the diamond fields of Angola’s Lundas region.

The sentence – which Marques could still be forced to serve if he is found guilty of any crime during the next two years – came despite an out-of-court settlement reached last week that led the generals to withdraw their complaints for defamation; a deal Marques has since described as a “double-cross”. (…) READ MORE

By: Elena Pramesberger, IPI Contributor

Source: The International Press Institute (IPI)