Europe & Central Asia / 2003

Suspect charged with threatening journalist is cleared

March 5, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2003—A suspect accused of issuing death threats against Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent with the Moscow-based twice weekly newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was cleared of the criminal charge against him yesterday. Politkovskaya is well known in Russia for her investigative reports on human rights abuses committed by the...

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PUBLISHER'S CAR IS BOMBED Attack linked to reporting on mafia

March 3, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2003—A bomb destroyed the vehicle of Nino Pavic, an influential independent newspaper publisher, on the morning of Saturday, March 1, in Croatia's capital, Zagreb. According to local and international press reports, the 50-year-old publisher and his family were sleeping in their home in the affluent suburb...

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Chechen journalist beaten and detained by Interior Ministry troops

February 28, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2003—Zamid Ayubov, a 40-year-old Chechen journalist for the local pro-Russian administration's thrice-weekly Vozrozhdeniye Chechni, was beaten and detained by Interior Ministry forces in the Chechen capitol of Grozny on the evening of February 16. Ayubov was assaulted when he approached an Interior Ministry unit and identified...

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CPJ concerned about journalist facing criminal prosecution

February 27, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about two libel lawsuits that have been filed by a senior government official against Elmar Huseynov, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Baku-based, independent magazine Monitor. These lawsuits are the latest actions in a 7-year-old campaign of official harassment...

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Basque daily closed over alleged ETA links

February 24, 2003 12:00 PM ET

February 23, 2003—Euskaldunon Egunkaria, a Basque daily based in the northern Spanish town of Andaoin, was closed by government authorities on Thursday, February 20, because of alleged links to the armed separatist group ETA. The paper reappeared on newsstands the next day under the new name Egunkaria. Hundreds of Civil...

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CPJ concerned about alleged death threat against editor

February 19, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 19, 2003—Vira Kytaihorodska, editor-in-chief of the twice-weekly newspaper Bukovynske Viche in the western city of Chernivtsi, said that a local government official has threatened to kill her for republishing an article on February 7 that accused Chernivtsi regional governor Teofil Bauer of corruption and violating customs regulations....

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PUBLISHER'S CAR IS BOMBEDAttack linked to reporting on mafia

February 3, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2003—A bomb destroyed the vehicle of Nino Pavic, an influential independent newspaper publisher, on the morning of Saturday, March 1, in Croatia's capital, Zagreb. According to local and international press reports, the 50-year-old publisher and his family were sleeping in their home in the affluent suburb...

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Independent journalist sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison

January 30, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is disappointed by the prison term handed down on January 28 to prominent independent journalist Sergei Duvanov by the Karasaisky District Court in the southern city of Almaty. The court sentenced Duvanov to three-and-a-half years in prison for allegedly raping...

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CPJ welcomes Grigory Pasko's release

January 23, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, January 23, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes today's decision by a court in the city of Ussuriisk, in the Russian Far East, to grant parole to military journalist Grigory Pasko. The journalist was released immediately and traveled to his home in Vladivostok. Under Russian law, Pasko,...

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Lowest number on record; Russia, Colombia, and the West Bank top list

January 2, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2003—A total of 19 journalists were killed worldwide for their work in 2002, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). This number marks a sharp decrease from 2001 when 37 journalists were killed, eight of them while covering the war in Afghanistan. Of the 19...

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