Azimjon Askarov

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Honoring tenacity and courage

November 13, 2012 10:31 AM ET

New York, November 13, 2012-- Four fearless journalists from Brazil, China, Kyrgyzstan and Liberia who risked their lives and liberty to expose wrongdoings will be awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2012 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of...

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Help free Azimjon Askarov by signing CPJ petition

November 6, 2012 1:55 PM ET

New York, November 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists has created this petition, calling on Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev to release unjustly imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov without delay....

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A litmus test for Kyrgyzstan's anti-corruption campaign

July 12, 2012 1:03 PM ET

Campaigners from local rights activists to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay are urging Kyrgyz authorities to review the case of Azimjon Askarov, an investigative reporter and human rights activist serving a life sentence in Kyrgyzstan. ...

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Investigative reporting and Kyrgyzstan's selective justice

June 21, 2012 5:40 PM ET

At a Bishkek roundtable Tuesday called "The Fourth Estate: Rule of the Game," Almambet Shykmamatov, Kyrgyzstan's justice minister, encouraged local reporters to expose government corruption, local press reported. The minister said authorities would follow up on such reports, grant security...

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Kyrgyz ambassador pledges to address Askarov case

June 13, 2012 2:22 PM ET

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2012--The Kyrgyz ambassador to the United States has agreed to present CPJ's findings on Azimjon Askarov, a journalist unjustly sentenced to a life term, to the president of Kyrgyzstan after a CPJ delegation met with him...

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CPJ urges Kyrgyzstan to release Azimjon Askarov

June 13, 2012 1:00 PM ET

Dear President Atambayev: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention a new report we have issued on Azimjon Askarov, an investigative journalist and human rights defender who was sentenced in September 2010 to life in prison. CPJ's review of Askarov's case, outlined in the attached report, has found that his probe and trial were marred by numerous procedural violations, including his torture in custody and the lack of any evidence implicating him in criminal activity.

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In Kyrgyzstan, injustice and torture in Askarov case

June 12, 2012 12:01 AM ET

Azimjon Askarov, an investigative reporter and human rights defender, had ended careers and embarrassed officials time and again with his reporting on law enforcement abuses in southern Kyrgyzstan. When ethnic unrest broke out in June 2010, authorities struck back with...

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CPJ calls for release of jailed reporters in Central Asia

May 15, 2012 1:30 PM ET

World leaders must hold Central Asian regimes responsible for denying global access to information by throwing critical reporters behind bars, CPJ Eurasia researcher Muzaffar Suleymanov told the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe  at a briefing Tuesday on...

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Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court upholds Askarov sentence

December 20, 2011 4:34 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2011--Today's ruling by Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court upholding a life sentence for independent journalist Azimjon Askarov on fabricated charges is a lethal blow to press freedom and justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Kyrgyzstan no 'island of democracy' as it censors the press

June 8, 2011 5:47 PM ET

Kyrgyzstan is an "island of democracy" where authorities guarantee freedom of speech and reporting on protest rallies is not a crime, Kyrgyz government officials told an audience. They were speaking at a May 26 round-table discussion at the Open Society...

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