Europe & Central Asia / 2002

PROMINENT TELEVISION CHIEF ASSASSINATED

December 30, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 30, 2002--Tigran Nagdalian, the 36-year-old head of the state-owned Armenian Public Television, was shot in the head as he was leaving his parents home in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on Saturday, December 28. The journalist was rushed to a hospital, where he died during emergency surgery, according to...

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CPJ condemns journalist's imprisonment on anniversary of verdict

December 24, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 24, 2002—Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Russian military journalist Grigory Pasko's four-year prison sentence. "The imprisonment of Grigory Pasko one year ago was a politicized effort by military and security officials to silence him for writing articles about environmental dangers that jeopardized the health of the...

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CPJ welcomes President Putin's decision to veto controversial amendments

November 25, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 25, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes Russian president Vladimir Putin's decision today to veto restrictive amendments to the Law on the Struggle with Terrorism and the Law on Mass Media that were passed by Parliament earlier this month. Putin announced his decision during a...

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Azerbaijani journalist detained in Moscow

November 25, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 25, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed that Irada Huseynova, a correspondent with the Azerbaijani weekly Bakinsky Bulvar who currently works for the Moscow-based Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES), was detained today in Moscow and could be extradited. CJES director Oleg Panfilov told...

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Body of Ukrainian journalist found

November 19, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 19, 2002—A body suspected to be that of Mykhailo Kolomyets, director of Ukrainski Novyny news agency, was found on October 30 hanging from a tree in a forest in northwestern Belarus, near the city of Maladzechna, said a news report that Ukrainski Novyny published today. Kolomyets' colleagues...

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Former prime minister convicted for ordering journalist murdered

November 19, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 19, 2002—An appeals court in the central Italian city of Perugia announced this week that it had convicted former prime minister Giulio Andreotti, 83, and sentenced him to 24 years in prison for ordering the murder of muckraking journalist Mino Pecorelli in 1979. Pecorelli, who was preparing...

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CPJ urges Putin not to sign amendments

November 14, 2002 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is extremely concerned about amendments to the Law on the Struggle with Terrorism and the Law on Mass Media that were recently passed by the Parliament and now await your final approval.

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Three journalists forced into military service

November 8, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2002—Three journalists in Tajikistan have been conscripted into military service in retaliation for producing a talk show that criticized local military officials, according to local and international reports. The program, which aired on October 24 and 27, was produced by journalists from the local, independent...

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Independent journalist detained

October 29, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2002—CPJ is deeply concerned that Sergei Duvanov, a prominent 49-year-old journalist known for his criticism of Kazakh authorities, was arrested on October 27 on suspicion of raping a minor. The journalist, who remains in detention, has been officially charged, the opposition party Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan...

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Media face government restriction and pressure on coverage of hostage standoff

October 25, 2002 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 25, 2002—The hostage standoff in central Moscow has highlighted growing restrictions on the Russian media, including this week's passage of legislation banning "propaganda of terrorism" in mass media. Although the legislation has not become law, the government is already using it to censor coverage of the hostage...

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