Montenegro: Journalist jailed for libel

A Montenegro court has jailed a journalist for four months for libel. Journalist Petar Komnenic was convicted in February 2011 over a 2007 report in Montenegrin weekly news magazine Monitor, which alleged that the state had illegally placed several senior judges under surveillance. He was ordered to pay a fine of 3,000 Euros (2,450 GBP) or serve four months in jail. Komnenic refused to pay and appealed to a higher court, which ruled he should do community service instead. But on 18 April a magistrate in the capital Podgorica reinstated the prison sentence.