Europe & Central Asia / 2003

Supreme Court threatens independent TV station for exposing corruption

March 21, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2003— The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned that the Georgian Supreme Court has published a statement requesting that the prosecutor general conduct a criminal inquiry into "60 Minutes," a biweekly investigative news program on the independent, Tbilisi-based television station Rustavi 2 in retaliation for...

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Local television journalist brutally attacked

March 19, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2003- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns yesterday's violent attack on Olga Kobzeva, a journalist with GTRK Don-TR television, a local branch of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. According to Russian sources, an unknown assailant...

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Local journalist violently attacked

March 17, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the violent attack against Aleksandr Krutov, a journalist with the independent weekly newspaper Bogatei in the city of Saratov, in southern Russia. According to Russian news reports, three unknown assailants attacked the journalist on the evening of Thursday, March...

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Government imposes media restrictions following premier's assassination

March 13, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned that under the state of emergency declared in Serbia on Wednesday, March 12, following the assassination that day of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic, restrictions have been placed on the media. Natasa Micic, president of the Serbian National...

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Court upholds journalist's prison sentence

March 11, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is disappointed that today's decision by Kazakhstan's Almaty Regional Court in the city of Taldykorgan, north of Almaty, upheld the prison sentence of prominent independent journalist Sergei Duvanov. On January 28, Almaty's Karasaisky District Court sentenced Duvanov to three-and-a-half years...

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Editor threatened for reporting on allegations against bishop

March 10, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned about threats made against Vukasin Obradovic, the owner and editor-in-chief of the Vranje-based weekly Novine Vranjske, and Goran Antic, a reporter with the publication, in retaliation for reporting allegations of sexual abuse made against Serbian Orthodox Bishop Pahomije. The bishop's...

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TWO RADIO JOURNALISTS ATTACKED AS POLICE WATCH

March 10, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2003—Two Uzbek journalists working for U.S. government­funded radio stations were attacked by a group of men on Friday, March 7, while trying to cover an anti-government protest in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent. According to local and international press reports, Khusnutddin Kutbiddinov, of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL),...

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Court amends imprisoned journalist's sentence

March 7, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2003—A Belarusian court ruled on Tuesday, March 4, that jailed journalist Mikola Markevich, editor-in-chief of the independent weekly newspaper Pahonya, could serve the remainder of his sentence in his hometown of Hrodna, in western Belarus. Markevich will be allowed to reside with his family, but he...

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Police arrest suspects in television chief's murder

March 6, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2003—Armenian police yesterday arrested six suspects in the December 2002 murder of Tigran Nagdalian, the 36-year-old head of the state-owned Armenian Public Television. The police continue to look for other individuals linked to the crime. Law enforcement authorities have not released the suspects' names or details...

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CPJ concerned about government’s attempts to control coverage of conflict in Chechnya

March 5, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is extremely concerned about an official warning issued by the Russian Media Ministry on Wednesday, February 26, to the Moscow-based communist, ultra-nationalist weekly Zavtra. This warning, which followed the publication of an interview with exiled Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, is the...

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