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Russia and former Soviet states emboldened by declining press freedom in US, Europe

October 4, 2017 3:30 PM ET

Receding media freedom in established European democracies and in the United States has emboldened authoritarian governments in Russia and other former Soviet countries to crack down on independent voices at home. I am sharing this information today with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-known as the Helsinki...

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In pivotal election year Kyrgyz media face verbal assaults from president and legal action

March 28, 2017 1:57 PM ET

In Kyrgyzstan, once Central Asia's most liberal country, President Almazbek Atambayev is tightening his grip on critical voices, including independent journalists and foreign media....

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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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Kyrgyzstan must free jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov, UN committee says

April 21, 2016 3:24 PM ET

In a milestone decision announced today in Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Committee called on Kyrgyzstan to immediately release Azimjon Askarov, a journalist sentenced to life in prison in September 2010. The U.N. body issued its decision after reviewing a complaint filed in November 2012 by Askarov's lawyer, Nurbek...

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CPJ meets with Kyrgyz prosecutor-general, calls for reopening Askarov case

July 14, 2014 5:40 PM ET

This month, the prosecutor-general of Kyrgyzstan, Aida Salyanova, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that her office is working hard to fight corruption and ensure transparency in government activities. We are not convinced....

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UN reviews Kyrgyzstan's human rights, free press record

March 10, 2014 12:14 PM ET

Today, the U.N. Human Rights Committee begins its two-day review of Kyrgyzstan's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. By ratifying the treaty in October 1994, Kyrgyz authorities pledged to enforce internationally recognized provisions regarding the protection of human rights, and freedom of expression, in their country....

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Kyrgyz official urged to address Askarov case

April 24, 2013 2:12 PM ET

Kyrgyzstan has endured a turbulent past and continues to face significant challenges, but its leaders are committed to a democratic future, Djoomart Otorbayev, the nation's deputy prime minister, told human rights and press freedom advocates in New York this week. The country still grapples with the repercussions of the brutal...

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Access restored, but ban on Fergahana News remains

April 11, 2013 5:02 PM ET

On Wednesday, more than a year after being blocked in Kyrgyzstan by government order, Ferghana News was again accessible to the public without the aid of proxy servers. Most local Internet providers, including the state-owned Kyrgyz Telecom, restored access to the website, Daniil Kislov, Ferghana's editor, told CPJ....

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Nearly 20,000 call to free Kyrgyz, Tibetan journalists

December 10, 2012 1:15 PM ET

"I remain hopeful that I will one day see the sun once more--not through the barred window of my prison cell but as a free man." -Azimjon Askarov Today, on International Human Rights Day, CPJ and close to 20,000 supporters are calling on the governments of China and Kyrgyzstan...

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Awardees say indignation trumps intimidation

November 21, 2012 12:46 PM ET

The battle for a free press sometimes feels like a war between indignation and intimidation. Journalists learn of abuses of power, crime, or corruption, and--indignant--they speak out. In response, the perpetrators of those abuses--be they government officials or criminals--try to intimidate the journalists into silence with threats, lawsuits, jail,...

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