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"Impunity on Trial" details a series of journalist murders in Russia since 2000 and the government's inability to bring justice in most of the cases. [View a larger version of the video here.]


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Russian investigators have adopted a more serious tone when discussing unsolved journalist murders, but officials still lack the will to apprehend the masterminds of the killings. The lack of convictions takes a serious toll on investigative journalism.
 
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Cracks in European Press Freedom

Anti-terror laws, political and economic concerns, and a lack of common standards challenge the credibility of EU diplomacy on press freedom.

Analysis

Turkey Uses the Law to Repress

Turkish authorities are waging a war on free expression by subjecting journalists to endless court proceedings and severe legal consequences.
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Awardees Work Despite Perils

How does one make the choice to report potentially dangerous news? The recipients of the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards explain.


Europe & Central Asia


Imprisoned by Year

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2011

2008


Regional Data

2

Journalists Killed in 2011

39

Journalists In Exile 2001-11



132

Journalists Killed Since 1992

8

Imprisoned on December 1, 2011



66

Unsolved Journalist Murders Since 1992

11

Missing as of December 31, 2011


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Azerbaijan

4 International journalists obstructed, continuing a pattern of hostility toward foreign media.

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Belarus

95 Detained for varying periods during the government's summer crackdown on dissent.

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France

3 Senior officials investigated on allegations of illegal spying on journalists.
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Hungary

1 EU resolution condemning the country's highly repressive media law.

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Italy

6 Threats made by Perugia prosecutor to file defamation complaints against critical journalists.
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Kazakhstan

3 Convictions in the murder of a Kyrgyz journalist, marking a bright spot in anti-impunity efforts.

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Kyrgyzstan

0 Uzbek-language broadcasters after two years of official harassment and legal retaliation.
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Russia

9th Impunity Index ranking, reflecting a poor record in combating anti-press violence.

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Tajikistan

11 Months that a reporter was jailed after covering allegations of government corruption.
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Ukraine

11 Years that Gongadze murder case has been pending without a conviction of the plot's organizers.

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United Kingdom

11 Photographers and reporters attacked during summer rioting.
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Uzbekistan

5 Imprisoned in December 2011, the highest number in the region.

Country reports in this chapter were researched and written by Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, along with CPJ Research Associate Muzaffar Suleymanov, CPJ's Brussels-based senior adviser, Jean-Paul Marthoz, and CPJ's U.K.-based consultant, Elisabeth Witchel.


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