Europe & Central Asia / 2003

Attacks on the Press 2002: United States

March 31, 2003 12:00 PM ET

The U.S. government took aggressive measures in 2002 to shield some of its activities from press scrutiny. These steps not only reduced access for U.S. reporters but had a global ripple effect, with autocratic leaders citing U.S. government actions to justify repressive policies....

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Attacks on the Press 2002: Uzbekistan

March 31, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Increased international aid and the presence of U.S. troops who use Uzbekistan as a base for the "war on terror" inspired President Islam Karimov to pay lip service to press freedom. With much fanfare, Karimov's government ended prior censorship of newspapers--one of the few systems in the world that required...

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Attacks on the Press 2002: Yugoslavia

March 31, 2003 12:00 PM ET

During 2002, the intense political and personal rivalry between Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica, a conservative nationalist, and Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic, a pragmatic reformist, consumed politics in Serbia, the dominant republic in the Yugoslav federation. The conflict, which stalled government reforms, was further complicated by negotiations between the two...

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Court convicts suspects in firebombing of opposition weekly

March 28, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2003—The Medeu district court in the southern Kazakh city of Almaty convicted two men this week of setting fire to an opposition newspaper's offices last May. The court sentenced Meirbek Uristenbekov and Mukhitdin Abdualiyev to three years in prison and ordered them to pay a total...

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Body of missing journalist found

March 28, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2003— The body of Iosif Costinas, a 62-year-old journalist for the independent daily Timisoara, was discovered last week by police in a forest in western Romania. Costinas disappeared in June 2002. Police spokesman Cornel Iures said the journalist's remains were found near the village of Pischia,...

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Intelligence official confirms Iraqi threat against RFE/RL

March 26, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2003--A senior Czech intelligence official alleged today that Iraqi agents planned to carry out an attack against the Prague-based headquarters of U.S. government­funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Jiri Ruzek, director of the State Security Service (BIS), told the Czech Service of the BBC in an...

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Prosecutor in journalist's murder case suspended

March 26, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2003—Sinisa Simic, the public prosecutor responsible for the stalled investigation into the April 1999 assassination of Dnevni Telegraf editor-in-chief Slavko Curuvija, has been temporarily suspended of his duties, according to local press reports. Serbia's acting president Natasa Micic ordered the suspension on Friday, March 21, amid...

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Court grants parole to imprisoned journalist

March 24, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2003—A Zhlobin district court in eastern Belarus granted parole on Friday, March 21, to Paval Mazheika, a journalist with the independent newspaper Pahonya. The journalist was released immediately and traveled to his home in Hrodna, in the western part of the country. Mazheika, who had served...

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CPJ concerned by media restrictions

March 21, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned about your government's enforcement of media restrictions under a state of emergency that has been in effect since the March 12 assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic. Natasa Micic, president of the Serbian National Assembly and currently acting president...

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Through “60 Minutes” the Criminal Underworld Has Started a War Against the Judicial System

March 21, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Through “60 Minutes” the Criminal Underworld Has Started a War Against the Judicial System Tbilisi-based state-owned daily newspaper Sakartvelos Respublika (The Republic Of Georgia) Number 63, Monday, March 10, 2003 The broadcasting company "Rustavi 2" recently started a new campaign of defamation and disinformation against the judiciary system. Systematic...

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