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Babitsky trial starts Monday

Read more about press freedom conditions in Russia Terry Anderson Interviews Andrei Babitsky (July 17, 2000) Putin’s Media War (March 27, 2000)

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TURKISH JOURNALIST NADIRE MATER AQUITTED OF “INSULTING” THE MILITARYCPJ Welcomes Court’s Decision

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in TURKEY New York, September 29, 2000 — A Turkish journalist standing trial for “insulting” Turkey’s powerful military in a book of interviews with former conscripts of the civil conflict in southeastern Turkey was acquitted of all charges today.

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Army Inspection Team Threatens Dawn Group

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned by the threatening posture adopted by an army inspection team sent yesterday to the headquarters of the Dawn Group of Newspapers at Haroon House in Karachi. The newspaper group includes some of Pakistan’s most influential and respected publications, including the English-language daily Dawn.

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VERDICT TOMORROW IN CASE OF TURKISH JOURNALIST NADIRE MATERCPJ Board Member Kati Marton Attends Hearing in Show of Solidarity

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in TURKEY New York, NY September 28, 2000 – A Turkish criminal court is expected to issue a verdict tomorrow in the case of journalist Nadire Mater, who faces up to twelve years in prison on charges of “insulting” the powerful Turkish military. The charges stem…

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Belarus: Authorities harass newspaper for advocating poll boycott

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disturbed by the recent confiscation of more than 100,000 copies of the Minsk-based independent weekly Rabochy. On September 13, according to local sources, police confiscated 112,000 copies of a special edition of Rabochy, nearly a third of the total print run, from the Magic publishing house in Minsk. The newspaper, published by the Belarusian Free Trade Union, had urged its readers to participate in the “Boycott-2000” campaign being organized by the opposition prior to the October 15 parliamentary elections. The police claimed that publishing a call to boycott the election was illegal.

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Internet journalist disappears; colleagues suspect foul play

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the recent disappearance of Georgy Gongadze, the 31-year-old editor of the news Web site Ukrainska Pravda. This event has alarmed the journalistic community in Ukraine and further eroded your government’s already limited credibility on press-freedom issues.

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Press freedom groups warn President Putin of “threatening and dangerous” trends

1. The issuing under your signature of the new “Doctrine on Information Security of the Russian Federation,” a Cold War-style text whose broad, ambiguous language can be used to justify severe repression of press freedom. 2. Your own statement — despite what you yourself have characterized as governmental mishandling of communication with the public over…

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JOURNALIST MURDERED IN MOSCOW

Read more about press freedom conditions in Russia New York, September 22, 2000 — Late last night, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reporter Iskandr Khatloni was attacked in his Moscow apartment by an unknown, axe-wielding assailant. Khatloni was struck twice in the head, according to the Moscow bureau of RFE/RL. He then stumbled onto the…

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New Threats to Press Freedom in Russia

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in RUSSIA New York, September 22, 2000 — Alarmed at what they see as serious and intensifying threats against press freedom in Russia, leaders of major international free-press organizations have called on President Vladimir Putin to respect freedom of expression.

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Jailed editor faces new charges

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in AZERBAIJAN New York, September 21, 2000 — Azeri editor Rauf Arifoglu, jailed since August 22 on charges of terrorism, illegal possession of arms, and attempted hijacking, has been hit with a new charge of “calling for a coup d’etat.” If convicted on all counts, he…

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