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Turkey sentences 4 journalists to life in prison, releases and indicts another

February 16, 2018 4:04 PM ET

Istanbul, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a Turkish court's decision to sentence four journalists to life in prison without parole, and called on Turkish authorities to release them without delay. In a separate case, Turkey must scrap charges against another journalist who was today released from...

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Week after raid, office of Ukraine's Vesti remains blocked

February 15, 2018 3:30 PM ET

Kiev, February 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Ukrainian authorities to ensure that journalists at Media Holding Vesti are able to access their office and continue their work without fear of retaliation. Journalists at Media Holding Vesti remain blocked from their newsroom in central Kiev one week after...

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Kyrgyz journalist charged, put under travel ban following investigative report

February 13, 2018 3:51 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2018--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova, lift her travel ban, and allow her to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukrainian law enforcement raid Vesti offices in Kiev

February 9, 2018 12:42 PM ET

Kiev, February 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Ukrainian law enforcement raid at the Kiev offices of Media Holding Vesti, which includes Radio Vesti, the daily newspaper Vesti, and the news website Vesti-ukr. More than a dozen masked officers ripped open doors with crowbars, seized property, and...

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Editor flees Ukraine after receiving death threats

February 1, 2018 5:34 PM ET

Kiev, February 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Ukrainian authorities to investigate death threats made against Igor Guzhva, editor-in-chief of the Kiev-based news website Strana. Guzhva fled to Austria after receiving death threats, and amid "unprecedented pressure from the [Ukrainian] authorities," according to a statement from...

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Belarus cuts access to independent news website Charter97

February 1, 2018 5:27 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2018-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Belarusian Ministry of Information to unblock access to the independent news website Charter 97. Natalya Radina, the site's editor-in-chief, told CPJ today that access to the site has been blocked in Belarus since January 24,...

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Russian journalist questioned, apartment searched, equipment seized

February 1, 2018 3:58 PM ET

Kiev, February 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities today to return all confiscated property to independent journalist Pavel Nikulin, and stop harassing him in retaliation for his reporting. The Federal Security Service (FSB) yesterday morning raided Nikulin's Moscow apartment, and brought the journalist to agency...

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Reporters harassed, verbally assaulted covering Czech presidential election

January 29, 2018 1:38 PM ET

Journalists covering election night at the Czech presidential campaign headquarters in a Prague hotel on January 27, 2018, were verbally assaulted, shoved, and prevented from filming, according to reports and videos posted to social media....

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Russian authorities arrest Sochi blogger on extortion charges

January 26, 2018 2:27 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately drop the charges against journalist Aleksandr Valov and release him from custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities on January 19 detained Valov, the editor-in-chief and founder of a local news site BlogSochi, and, two days later, charged him...

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Journalists detained after criticizing Turkey's Syria incursion

January 23, 2018 3:29 PM ET

Istanbul, January 23, 2018 --The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention of at least four journalists in Turkey after they criticized its incursion into northern Syria, and urged Turkish authorities to release the journalists and allow the media to report without fear of reprisal....

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