Kyrgyzstan / 2010

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Fighting bogus piracy raids, Microsoft issues new licenses

December 7, 2010 3:10 PM ET

CPJ has documented for several years the use of spurious anti-piracy raids to shut down and intimidate media organizations in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Offices have been shut down, and computers seized. Often, security agents make bogus claims to be representing or acting on behalf of the...

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Help journalists in need: An appeal

November 9, 2010 10:55 AM ET

Mikhail Beketov is lucky to be alive, although I'm sure there are days when he doesn't think so. On November 13, 2008, the environmental reporter who campaigned against a highway that would have destroyed a forest in Khimki, a town outside Moscow, was beaten nearly to death by men...

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Microsoft moves to fight anti-piracy raids in Russia

September 17, 2010 5:16 PM ET

On September 11, The New York Times reported on the use of aggressive anti-piracy raids by Russian authorities to intimidate advocacy groups and independent media outlets. The article noted that these raids are usually prompted by false reports of pirated Microsoft software, sometimes from individuals claiming to represent Microsoft. This...

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Microsoft, piracy, and independent media in Kyrgyzstan

April 14, 2010 4:34 PM ET

When the independent television outlet Stan TV was raided by Kyrgyz financial police on April 1, authorities claimed they were investigating the use of unlicensed software. The timing of the raid implied a different motivation. As CPJ reported at the time, the day before, the Kyrgyz courts had shut...

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Kyrgyzstan's familiar path: Press repression, ousted leaders

April 8, 2010 4:43 PM ET

History seemed to repeat itself this week in the mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. For the second time in five years, angry protesters—ignored and suppressed by a corrupt government—ousted yet another president. ...

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