Europe & Central Asia / 2005

Court reduces financial penalty against independent daily

March 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2005—An appeals court yesterday reduced the massive damages levied against the independent Moscow daily Kommersant in what a newspaper lawyer called a "tactical victory" in its ongoing legal battle over its reporting on last summer's banking crisis. Moscow's Federal Arbitration Court upheld the finding of liability...

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KYRGYZSTAN

March 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MARCH 23, 2005 Posted: March 28, 2005 Azamat Kalman, Journalists Trade Union ATTACKED Kalman, head of the country's independent Journalists Trade Union, suffered two broken legs while covering the escalating unrest that prompted President Askar Akayev to flee the country....

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After outcry, president pardons imprisoned opposition editor

March 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2005—Facing international pressure, President Ilham Aliyev pardoned the imprisoned editor of an opposition newspaper yesterday as part of a decree ordering the release of dozens of political prisoners, according to local and international press reports. Rauf Arifoglu, editor-in-chief of Yeni Musavat, had been jailed for 17...

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Russian correspondent forced to leave Ashgabat

March 18, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2005—One of the few foreign journalists in Turkmenistan, the Ashgabat correspondent for the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, has been forced to leave the country under circumstances that remain unclear. Viktor Panov was seen in handcuffs at Ashgabat's airport accompanied by several men in civilian...

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Authorities intensify persecution of independent newspaper

March 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2005—Russian authorities in Chechnya and the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod are escalating their campaign of harassment and intimidation against Pravo-Zashchita (Rights Defense), a monthly newspaper that covers human rights abuses in Chechnya, according to local press reports. The newspaper is published by the...

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Supreme Court upholds acquittal in Kholodov murder case

March 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2005—In a major setback in the decade-long quest to bring the killers of slain Russian journalist Dimitry Kholodov to justice, the Military Collegium of Russia's Supreme Court on Monday upheld a June 2004 acquittal of six military officers accused of murdering Kholodov. Kholodov, a reporter for...

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CPJ Update

March 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET

CPJ Update March 16, 2005 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists Return to front page | See previous Updates...

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Cameraman killed

March 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating today's murder of an Iraqi cameraman in Mosul who was working for a Kurdish television station. According to several international press reports, gunmen shot and killed Hussam Hilal Sarsam, listed in some reports Hussam Habib. The reports stated that...

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Attacks on the Press in 2004: Facts

March 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

When U.S.-led forces waged an offensive in Fallujah in November and a state of emergency was declared, the Iraqi interim government's Higher Media Commission directed the media to "set aside space in your news coverage to make the position of the Iraqi government, which expresses the aspirations of most Iraqis,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2004: Preface by Tom Brokaw

March 14, 2005 11:59 AM ET

Remember 1989? The collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of democracy and democratic institutions in the old Communist bloc, including Mother Russia, inspired a new generation of journalists in places where a free press had been a state crime. Other journalists in other places, such as Central and...

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