Bolivia: Journalist sentenced to prison for defamation

A Bolivian journalist has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison on charges of “defamation, libel and spreading insults”. Rogelio Peláez, editor of monthly publication Larga Vista, reported that a lawyer who was representing retired public servants had charged excessively high legal fees. Referring to lawyer Waldo Molina, the journalist used the phrase “un robo con la ley en la mano” roughly translated to mean “using the law to steal”, on the front page of Larga Vista. Peláez was sentenced on 8 March.