Europe & Central Asia / 2003

Imprisoned journalist reports being tortured

September 11, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 11, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has learned that Ruslan Sharipov, a jailed Uzbek journalist and human rights activist, issued a statement from prison on September 5 reporting that he pled guilty to one charge in his August trial because authorities had forced him to do...

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Supreme Court rejects journalist's appeal to review conviction

September 5, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 5, 2003—Russia’s Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by Russian journalist Grigory Pasko challenging his December 2001 criminal conviction for treason. Ivan Pavlov, Pasko’s attorney, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that he received a letter on Thursday, September 4, from the Supreme Court’s...

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CPJ requests information on 29 murdered journalists

August 27, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Imomov: Joel Simon, Josh Friedman, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you on July 21 to discuss the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) list of 29 journalists who were murdered during and after Tajikistan's civil war.

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CPJ concerned about criminal defamation and access to information

August 27, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Ubaydulloyev: Joel Simon, Josh Friedman, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you on July 22 to discuss press freedom conditions in Tajikistan. We also appreciate your willingness to review a letter from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) outlining our specific concerns about the country's criminal defamation laws and problems regarding journalists' access to government information.

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CPJ sends letters to authorities Asks for details about 29 murdered journalists and outlines concerns about criminal defamation and access to information

August 27, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 27, 2003— Following a two-week mission to Tajikistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent letters today to Azizmat Imomov, Tajikistan’s deputy prosecutor general, and Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev, parliamentary chairman and mayor of the capital, Dushanbe. The letters were based on three-days of intensive meetings with government officials in...

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Journalist convicted and imprisoned on criminal defamation charges

August 20, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) strongly condemns a district court's conviction of independent journalist German Galkin on criminal defamation charges in the southern city of Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural mountains. According to local and international press reports, on August 15, following a trial that was...

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CPJ believes journalist's imprisonment is politically motivated

August 19, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) believes that the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov are part of a politically motivated campaign to suppress press freedom in Uzbekistan.

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Moscow court upholds denial of travel passport to Grigory Pasko

August 12, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2003—The Moscow City Court upheld an earlier July 24 district court ruling today denying a foreign passport to Russian journalist Grigory Pasko. Ivan Pavlov, Pasko's attorney, told CPJ in a telephone interview today that Pasko plans to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in...

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SUSPECTS CONVICTED OF MURDERING TWO JOURNALISTS DURING TAJIKISTAN'S CIVIL WAR

July 29, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2003—Tajikistan's Supreme Court today convicted two suspects in the murders of Muhiddin Olimpur, head of the BBC's Persian Service bureau, and Viktor Nikulin, a correspondent with the Russian television network ORT, both of whom were killed during the country's civil war in the mid-1990s. Narzibek Davlatov...

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Court rejects journalist's appeal for travel passport

July 24, 2003 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disappointed with today's ruling by Moscow's Lyublinsky District Court to uphold Moscow's Southeastern District Visa and Registration Authorities (OVIR) decision to deny a foreign passport to journalist Grigory Pasko. Pasko was convicted of treason and sentenced to four...

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