Raul Figueroa Sarti: an absurdly clear case of repression of journalists in Guatemala

Michael Lessard..., Martes, Agosto 11, 2009 - 17:13

Human Rights First writes :

Last week Raul Figueroa Sarti was sentenced to one year in prison for alleged copyright infringement. Figueroa is a well-known, human rights-focused journalist in Guatemala.

Figueroa was sentenced to prison for publishing a photo on the cover of a book, supposedly without the permission of the photographer. His prosecution appears baseless given that the photographer reportedly consented to use of the photo and was given credit for it on the book cover.

Figueroa is an important journalistic voice in Guatemala, regularly publishing groundbreaking works on human rights violations. It is vitally important that journalists, such as Figueroa, not be subjected to unjust prosecutions and be allowed to continue their important work promoting human rights.

Take action now to urge Guatemala's Attorney General to support Figueroa's appeal against his conviction and to support media independence in Guatemala  »»

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