Azimjon Askarov

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Otunbayeva must put words into action in Askarov case

March 11, 2011 4:37 PM ET

World leaders like to invoke terms such as press freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in their speeches, especially to international audience. But in post-Soviet Eurasia, such high-minded words are rarely accompanied by genuine action. A recent...

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Askarov appeal denied; health deteriorating from beatings

November 12, 2010 4:29 PM ET

New York, November 12, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Kyrgyz journalist Azimjon Askarov has been beaten repeatedly in custody....

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Kyrgyz human rights reporter sentenced to life in prison

September 15, 2010 4:10 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by the conviction and life sentence handed to human rights reporter Azimjon Askarov by a court in Jalal-Abad region, southern Kyrgyzstan, today. ...

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CPJ asks Kyrgyz president to ensure fair trial of reporters

September 14, 2010 10:59 AM ET

Dear President Otunbayeva: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to call your attention to the politicized prosecution of independent journalist Ulugbek Abdusalomov and human rights reporter and researcher Azimjon Askarov in the southern Jalal-Abad region. Both have been charged with extremism and other serious charges and face lengthy prison sentences, including a life term, if convicted. Their prosecution is in retaliation for their reporting on ethnic discrimination and human rights abuses in southern Kyrgyzstan, according to our research.

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CPJ decries charges against journalists in Kyrgyzstan

August 12, 2010 4:45 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2010--Trumped-up charges of extremism against Ulugbek Abdusalomov, the editor of an independent newspaper, and Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender, should be dropped immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kyrgyzstan detains journalists as violence continues

June 23, 2010 4:46 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Kyrgyz authorities to immediately release independent journalists Ulugbek Abdusalomov and Azimjon Askarov, and to ensure the safety of other journalists working in southern Kyrgyzstan, which has been engulfed...

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