Europe & Central Asia

2003

Dangerous Assignments   |   France, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain

Permission to Fire?

CPJ Investigates the Attack on the Palestine Hotel
May 27, 2003 12:00 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Independent journalists convicted for libeling president's brother

New York, May 22, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned by the Tuesday, May 20, conviction of two journalists from the opposition weekly newspaper Mukhalifet on charges of criminally libeling the brother of President Heydar Aliyev.

On May 20, the Yasamal District Court in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, found Mukhalifet editor-in-chief Rovshan Kabirli and journalist Yashar Agazade guilty of libeling member of parliament Jalal Aliyev, who is also Aliyev's brother, and sentenced them to five months in prison each.
May 22, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Local television journalist violently attacked

New York, May 19, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns today’s violent attack against Aleksandr Stetsun, a journalist with Ural Television Agency (TAU), an independent station in the city of Ekaterinburg, 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of the capital, Moscow, in the Ural Mountains.

The attack occurred this morning while Stetsun was standing outside his home waiting for colleagues to pick him up for work, according to local reports.
May 19, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Popular radio station raided by police Journalists arrested

New York, May 7, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns yesterday’s police raid on the popular opposition radio station Krasnaya Armiya in the city of Noyabrsk, in Russia’s central Ural Region.

The station was attacked after the City Election Committee annulled the results of Sunday, May 4, mayoral elections in four electoral districts, giving incumbent mayor Yuri Link the advantage over challenger Anatoly Kudryashov, who had reportedly been leading polls at that point. A wave of protests in support of Kudryashov followed.
May 7, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Local prosecutor in Gongadze case convicted and amnestied

New York, May 7, 2003—The Shevchenko District Court in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, yesterday convicted and then amnestied Serhy Obozov, the former prosecutor of Tarashcha District, for obstructing the criminal inquiry into the September 2000 disappearance and murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze, according to local and international press reports.

Obozov, who was arrested in August 2002, was sentenced to a two-and-a-half-year prison term for forging documents, acting negligently in conducting the criminal inquiry, and planting false evidence at the scene of the murder, The Associated Press reported.
May 7, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Four journalists die in helicopter crash

New York, May 5, 2003—CPJ mourns the death of four journalists killed on Saturday, May 3, when a large firefighting helicopter they were traveling in crashed in the Chita Region, some 3,000 miles east of the capital, Moscow, according to local and international press reports. Seven crewmen and a forest management official also died.
May 5, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Opposition newspaper attacked

New York, May 5, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns yesterday’s attack on the offices on Yeni Musavat, a popular opposition daily in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku.

On the evening of Sunday, May 4, a group of nearly 30 men attacked the newspaper’s offices, destroying furniture, windows, and telephone equipment.

The perpetrators also assaulted four Yeni Musavat journalists, including deputy editor-in-chief Gabil Abbasoglu. The journalists suffered only minor injuries and were able to work today.
May 5, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Kremlin presses Estonia to shut down Chechen Web site

New York, May 1, 2003—Russian government officials have been pressing Estonian authorities to shut down the pro-independence Chechen Web site KavkazCenter (www.kavkazcenter.com) for more than a week, according to local and international press reports.

Sergei Yastrezhembsky, an advisor to President Vladimir Putin, warned last week that, “Countries which aspire to partnership and mutually advantageous relations with the Russian Federation should bear in mind Russia’s categorical objection to the hosting of information resources on behalf of Chechen separatists,” the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
May 1, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Armenia

Local journalist violently attacked

New York, April 30, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns yesterday’s violent attack against Mger Galechian, a journalist with the opposition newspaper Chorrord Ishkhanutyun, which is based in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.

According to Armenian and Russian news reports, two men came to the newspaper’s offices on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 29, and brutally assaulted Galechian, who sustained head injuries and remains hospitalized.
April 30, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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