Dominican Republic partially tosses criminal defamation law
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Newspaper and phone card hawkers line the road during morning rush hour in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 3 April 2006, Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

A Dominican Republic court sentenced Matías Avelino Castro to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2011 murder of journalist José Agustín Silvestre.

A police officer closes the gate to the Palace of Justice prison, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 30 May 2017, ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images

The threats were in response to a segment aired on Alicia Ortega’s show about Matías Avelino Castro, detained in La Victoria prison while he stands trial for allegedly ordering the murder of journalist José Agustín Silvestre.

Aerial view of San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, Flickr/Albert5000

Gunned down journalist, known for his critical views of authorities, was shot dead along with his producer.