Europe & Central Asia / 2005

Journalist held on charges of "anti-constitutional activity"

April 18, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2005—An Uzbek reporter for the state-run weekly newspaper Hurriyat (Liberty) has been criminally charged with "undermining the constitutional order" and faces up to 20 years in prison, according to local and international press reports. Sobirdjon Yakubov, 22, a Muslim, was detained in the capital, Tashkent,...

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UZBEKISTAN

April 11, 2005 12:00 PM ET

APRIL 11, 2005 Posted: May 3, 2005 Sobirdjon Yakubov, Hurriyat LEGAL ACTION, IMPRISONED Yakubov, a reporter for the state-run weekly newspaper Hurriyat (Liberty), was criminally charged with "undermining the constitutional order" and faced up to 20 years in prison, according to local and international press reports....

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Arrests in the murder of opposition editor met with suspicion

April 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2005—Investigators in the capital, Baku, announced late yesterday that they had detained six suspects in the March 2 murder of Elmar Huseynov, founder and editor of the opposition weekly news magazine Monitor, according to local and international press reports....

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Prosecutors reopen case of abducted journalist

April 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2005—Prosecutors in capital of Minsk, have reopened the inquiry into the July 2000 abduction of Dmitry Zavadsky, a 29-year-old cameraman for the Russian public network ORT, according to the Minsk-based human rights group Charter 97. Olga Zavadskaya, whose son is presumed dead after disappearing nearly five...

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Authorities launch criminal inquiry of Internews

April 6, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2005—The prosecutor-general's office in Uzbekistan said yesterday it was investigating the Tashkent bureau of the media training and advocacy group Internews Network on criminal charges of operating without a license, according to international reports. Witnesses have been questioned, "but at this stage nobody has been arrested,"...

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Ukrainian prosecutor claims confessions in Gongadze case

April 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2005—Ukraine's prosecutor-general said yesterday that two former police officers arrested in March as suspects in the 2000 murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze have confessed to the killing, according to local and international press reports. Vyacheslav Astapov, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said the officers...

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Supreme Court rejects editor's appeal

March 31, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2005—Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has upheld the October 2004 conviction of Rauf Arifoglu, editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat, on charges of organizing anti-government riots, according to local and international press reports. The criminal conviction was widely considered to have been politically motivated. "The many irregularities...

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European Court faults investigation in case of murdered journalist

March 31, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2005—The European Court for Human Rights ruled today that Turkish authorities did not conduct an effective investigation into the July 1996 murder of journalist Kutlu Adali in Cyprus and ordered the government to pay 20,000 euros (US $26,000) in damages to his wife. Ilkay Adali sought...

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President flees amid unrest, fraud, censorship

March 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2005—At least one Kyrgyz journalist was hospitalized with injuries and another arrested as police tried to break up the escalating unrest that prompted President Askar Akayev to flee the country this week. The demonstrations, which toppled yet another authoritarian regime in Central Asia, came amid widespread...

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Foreign Ministry accuses Swedish media of fomenting violence

March 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2005—The Russian Foreign Ministry has strongly criticized Swedish authorities and media for independent news reporting on the conflict in Chechnya, claiming the information was fomenting violence, according to local and international press reports. The Russian embassy in Stockholm criticized the independent Swedish news agency TT on...

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