Nina Ognianova

Nina Ognianova is coordinator of CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia Program. A native of Bulgaria, Ognianova has carried out numerous fact-finding and advocacy missions across the region. Her commentaries on press freedom have appeared in the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, the Huffington Post, and the EU Observer, among others. Follow her on Twitter @Kremlinologist1

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CPJ and rights groups call on President Poroshenko to prioritize Pavel Sheremet murder case

July 20, 2017 6:01 PM ET

CPJ today joined seven other media rights organizations-- all part of the Council of Europe's Platform to protect journalism and promote the safety of journalists--in signing a joint letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The letter calls on the president to ensure an effective investigation into the murder of...

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CPJ joins call for Georgia to investigate case of exiled journalist forcibly taken back to Azerbaijan

June 7, 2017 3:01 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 22 international rights organizations in calling on Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to ensure that the case of Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist living in exile in Tbilisi who is now in custody in the country's capital, Baku, is fully investigated. CPJ documented...

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CPJ, 25 other organizations call on Turkey to revoke state of emergency

October 19, 2016 2:02 PM ET

A coalition of 26 international media freedom and human rights advocacy groups, including CPJ, today called on Turkey to lift emergency measures that have resulted in the stifling of criticism and dissent; the detention of large numbers of individuals, including more than 100 journalists; and the removal of fair...

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CPJ joins call for Montenegro to free imprisoned journalist Jovo Martinović

September 19, 2016 11:51 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with the Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, today wrote a joint letter to Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović protesting the 11-month pretrial detention of freelance journalist Jovo Martinović, who has been accused of participating in a drug trafficking ring--an accusation he...

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to release jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov

July 8, 2016 10:05 AM ET

On July 11, the Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court will hear a petition for the release of Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender who is serving a life sentence in prison. This week, CPJ and Human Rights Watch jointly called on Kyrgyzstan authorities to fully abide by an April 21...

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Turkey responds to CPJ letter on Zaman takeover, denying move is politically motivated

May 2, 2016 1:40 PM ET

When riot police stormed the Istanbul offices of Turkey's largest newspaper, the daily Zaman, on March 4 following a court-ordered takeover, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent a public letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, expressing dismay at the government's actions and calling on him to uphold press freedom...

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'Erdoğan is killing journalism,' says Today's Zaman editor forced out after takeover

April 14, 2016 5:27 PM ET

Since the Turkish daily Zaman and its English-language sister publication Today's Zaman were taken over by court-appointed trustees last month, over accusations of terrorist propaganda, the papers' journalists have witnessed riot police fill their newsrooms, the arrests of colleagues, and the loss, through resignations and dismissals, of fellow journalists....

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International coalition marks anniversary of crackdown on rights in Azerbaijan

July 30, 2015 2:29 PM ET

A year after the Azerbaijani government launched an unprecedented crackdown on human rights including press freedom, the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, the Sports for Rights coalition said today. The coalition of international organizations, including CPJ, released a statement today to mark the anniversary of what is widely...

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Erdoğan vs the press: Insult law used to silence president's critics

July 6, 2015 5:34 PM ET

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is known for being intolerant of critics. During his third term as prime minister, Turkey was the leading jailer of journalists in the world with more than 60 behind bars at the height of the crackdown in 2012. Most of those have been released, but...

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Baku 2015: Press freedom, Azerbaijan, and the European Games

June 11, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Tomorrow 50 countries are due to take part in the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku, but Azerbaijan's most prominent journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, will not be at the celebrations. The award-winning investigative reporter has been in jail since December on retaliatory charges over her writing on...

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