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CPJ joins calls for Kazakhstan to revise false news law and drop charges against critical media

May 18, 2018 5:21 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of 25 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kazakh authorities to drop criminal defamation cases against media outlets Forbes Kazakhstan and Ratel and revise the law on dissemination of "false information" often used to silence critical media outlets...

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CPJ welcomes positive development in Kyrgyzstan, calls for Askarov's release

May 18, 2018 4:48 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's decision to drop defamation charges he pressed last year against independent news website Zanoza and its journalists Naryn Idinov and Dina Maslova, and urged the country's new administration to release Azimjon Askarov, a...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 14, 2018

May 17, 2018 3:40 PM ET

Journalists imprisoned Turkish authorities in the western province of Edirne on May 11 transferred Kemal Sancılı, the publisher of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, to Istanbul's Silivri Prison, two days after he was detained on suspicion of terrorism-related activities, according to a report from the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency....

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Covering LGBTQ issues brings risk of threats and retaliation for journalists and their sources

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM ET

To mark the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, CPJ spoke with journalists and news outlets based in Argentina, Iran, Indonesia, the U.S., Uganda, and Russia, about the challenges they face reporting on LGBTQ issues....

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Slovak police seize Czech investigative reporter's phone

May 16, 2018 2:41 PM ET

Berlin, May 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Slovak authorities to respect the confidentiality of journalistic sources. Slovak police in Bratislava yesterday seized the mobile phone of Czech investigative reporter Pavla Holcova while questioning her for their investigation into the murder of her colleague, Slovak journalist...

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CPJ joins calls for Congress to make human rights a focus of Uzbek president's US visit

May 16, 2018 10:04 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 11 other international press freedom and human rights advocacy groups, in calling on U.S. Congress to require lasting human rights protection in Uzbekistan during President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's first official visit to the U.S. on May 16 and 17....

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Ukraine authorities search Russian news agency, detain director

May 15, 2018 6:11 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the Ukraine Security Service's (SBU) search of the Kiev office of the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti and detention of the office director, Kirill Vyshynsky....

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Journalist detained, threatened in Turkmenistan

May 15, 2018 10:19 AM ET

Turkmen police detained Ashgabat-based journalist Soltan Achilova on May 9, 2018, according to her employer, the Turkmen service of the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), locally known as Azatlyk....

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Investigative reporter attacked in Bulgaria

May 14, 2018 5:19 PM ET

Berlin, May 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bulgarian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into an attack on investigative journalist Hristo Geshov, who was beaten on May 10 outside his home in the northwestern town of Cherven Bryag, and guarantee his safety....

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In Ukraine, journalists harassed, 1 attacked while filming investigative report

May 10, 2018 5:34 PM ET

Vladislav Pleshakov, a journalist from the privately owned television channel 1+1, was assaulted in an upscale neighborhood near Kiev on April 21, 2018, while filming for an investigative report about real estate allegedly owned by Ukraine's finance minister, Oleksandr Danyliuk, according to the Kiev-based media monitoring organization Detector Media,...

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