Europe & Central Asia

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Facebook: CPJ ECA Desk
Program Coordinator:
Gulnoza Said
Tel: 212-465-1004, ext. 106, 101
Fax: 212-465-9568

P.O. Box 2675
New York, NY 10108 USA
  

Freelance journalist Andrey Kuznechyk detained in Belarus

Vilnius, Lithuania, November 29, 2021 — Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Andrey Kuznechyk and stop detaining independent journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 25, Kuznechyk, a freelance correspondent for Radio Svaboda, the Belarusian-language service of the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), returned to his home in Minsk, the…

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Polish authorities detain, harass journalists covering refugee crossings from Belarus

Berlin, November 23, 2021 — Polish authorities should allow journalists to cover refugee movements and other events of public interest without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Since November 14, Polish police, border guards, and soldiers have detained and obstructed at least seven journalists covering refugee movements near the country’s border with Belarus,…

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Russian Nobel Prize winner Dmitry Muratov fined under foreign agent law

Vilnius, Lithuania, November 19, 2021 — Russian authorities should stop harassing journalist Dmitry Muratov and cease labelling news outlets and members of the press as “foreign agents,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Muratov and Philippine journalist Maria Ressa were jointly awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in October. On November 11, the Basmanny…

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Italian police increase protection of journalist Sigfrido Ranucci after assassination plot revealed

In August 2021, Italian police placed Sigfrido Ranucci, host and deputy director of the Rome-based TV program “Report”on Italian public broadcaster RAI3, under 24-hour protection due to an alleged assassination plot by the ´Ndrangheta organized crime group, according to his employer and Ranucci, who communicated with CPJ via email. Police learned about the plot by wiretapping…

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Kyrgyzstan drafts law to bring state-funded broadcaster under closer presidential control

New York, November 9, 2021 – Kyrgyz authorities should retract a recently devised bill increasing state control over the country’s public broadcaster and instead enact changes to safeguard the corporation’s editorial independence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 29, 15 prominent media representatives and advocacy groups issued a statement calling on Kyrgyzstan’s…

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Hungary’s Klubrádió owner András Arató on how the station is responding to the loss of its broadcast license

After more than 10 years providing a key platform for reporters and listeners to voice criticism of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán via FM radio, the Budapest-based Klubrádió station is now operating entirely online after authorities blocked its broadcasting license. The move was the culmination of a long campaign to force the station off air,…

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Polish journalist Agnieszka Pikulicka denied entry to Uzbekistan

New York, November 8, 2021 – Uzbek authorities should allow journalist Agnieszka Pikulicka to enter the country and work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday afternoon, Uzbek officials at the Zhibek Zholy-Gisht Kuprik (Chernyaevka) border crossing with Kazakhstan denied entry to Pikulicka, a Polish citizen and freelance correspondent for Al-Jazeera and The…

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Russia expels Dutch newspaper correspondent Tom Vennink

Berlin, November 4, 2021–The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities today to reverse their decision to revoke Dutch journalist Tom Vennink’s visa and residence permit and allow him to continue his work in Russia. On November 1, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs gave Vennink, Moscow correspondent for Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant,…

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Syrian journalist Majed Shamaa facing deportation from Turkey over satirical video

New York, November 4, 2021 — Turkish authorities should immediately release Syrian journalist Majed Shamaa, end deportation proceedings against him, and allow him to do his job freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At 1:30 a.m. on October 30, police arrested Shamaa, a reporter for the Dubai-based broadcaster Orient TV, at…

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Belarus journalists charged, detained over alleged Facebook interactions with banned outlets

Vilnius, Lithuania, November 4, 2021 — Belarusian authorities should cease their practice of banning news outlets, and should not punish journalists for allegedly interacting with such banned outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 1, Belarusian courts convicted two journalists, Iryna Slaunikava and Syarhei Niarouny, on charges of spreading extremism over their alleged…

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