2005

  

TURKMENISTAN

FEBRUARY 24, 2005 Posted: March 22, 2005 Viktor Panov, RIA Novosti IMPRISONED, EXPELLED Panov, Ashgabat correspondent for the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, was forced to leave Turkmenistan after being detained for more than two weeks.

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Internet writers imprisoned, harassment continues

New York, February 24, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Iranian government’s months-long crackdown on Internet writers who disseminate information and opinion on Web logs, also known as blogs. One writer who may have been detained for his postings has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, and at least one other…

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BANGLADESH

FEBRUARY 23, 2005 Posted: March 28, 2005 Al-Mamun Sagar, Jugantor ATTACKED, THREATENED Members of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s youth wing, the Jatiyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), beat Al-Mamun Sagar, a correspondent for the daily Jugantor.

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CPJ urges president to work toward elimination of desacato provisions

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that a bill to repeal the crime of desacato (disrespect) has been languishing in Congress for more than a year. We urge you to use the power of your office to expedite the elimination of these anachronistic provisions.

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Suspect detained in connection with murder of veteran journalist

New York, February 23, 2005—Gambian authorities yesterday arrested a Lebanese businessman in connection with the murder of veteran journalist Deyda Hydara, according to local press reports. Wally Mahmoud Hakim was detained after officials found arms in his house, and he remained in custody today. Authorities gave no details about whether they had specifically linked any…

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Russian Prosecutor-General charges one in the murder

New York, February 23, 2005—Belarusian authorities yesterday extradited to Russia two ethnic Chechens who are suspects in the July slaying of Paul Klebnikov, founding editor of Forbes Russia magazine, according to local and international press reports. The Russian General-Prosecutor’s Office today charged one of the men, Muslim Ibragimov, with complicity in the July 2004 murder…

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Minister’s accusations may endanger journalists

New York, February 23, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that recent statements by Venezuela’s minister of information accusing British journalist Phil Gunson, as well as other foreign and local journalists, of working at the behest of the U.S. government may endanger their physical safety. The accusations followed weeks of heightened tensions between the…

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KYRGYZSTAN

FEBRUARY 22, 2005 Posted: March 7, 2005 The Media Support Center HARASSED Authorities cut off electricity on February 22 to the country’s only independent printing house. The Media Support Center, funded and operated by the U.S.-based non-governmental organization Freedom House, prints the country’s major independent and opposition newspapers.

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CPJ protests journalists’ harassment in run-up to elections

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged at your government’s harassment and intimidation of three Zimbabwean journalists working for international news agencies, which has forced them to flee the country in fear for their security. Last week’s police action against freelance reporters Angus Shaw, Brian Latham, and Jan Raath seems aimed at silencing these senior journalists in the run-up to Zimbabwe’s general elections on March 31. CPJ is also disturbed to learn of police accusations against another freelance journalist, Cornelius Nduna, who has been forced into hiding.

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Authorities proceed in sedition case against journalist

New York, February 22, 2005—The Bangladesh Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has issued a “charge sheet” against Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor and publisher of the tabloid weekly Blitz, a critical step in bringing the journalist to trial on sedition and anti-state allegations that could lead to the death penalty. The charge sheet discloses details of…

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