Europe & Central Asia / 2005

CPJ condemns press abuses during Azerbaijani election

November 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of abuses against the press before and during Sunday’s fraud-marred parliamentary election in Azerbaijan. Government officials blocked at least three foreign news agencies from deploying satellite equipment that would have enabled live coverage, while harassing several local journalists...

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European court holds Ukrainian government liable in Gongadze case

November 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2005—The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday found the Ukrainian government liable for 100,000 euros in damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of slain journalist Georgy Gongadze. The court found in favor of Myroslava Gongadze, who claimed the government failed to protect her...

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UZBEKISTAN

October 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 26, 2005 Posted: December 2, 2005 BBC Deutsche Welle The Associated Press Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty HARASSED The BBC World Service closed its Tashkent office and withdrew staff because of continued harassment by authorities because of its reporting on the May 13 massacre in the northeast city of Andijan....

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CPJ condemns harassment of BBC and foreign media

October 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 26, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the government harassment of foreign media in Uzbekistan, which today prompted the BBC to close its Tashkent bureau. The BBC World Service said it would immediately close its office and withdraw staff because of continued harassment since its reporting...

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Journalist found dead in apartment

October 20, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 20, 2005—Vasily Grodnikov, a freelancer who wrote for the Minsk opposition newspaper Narodnaya Volya, was found dead with a head wound in his apartment outside Minsk on Monday, local and international news agencies reported. CPJ is seeking to determine whether Grodnikov, 66, was murdered in retaliation for...

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Journalist still behind bars despite Supreme Court release order

October 19, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2005—The Prosecutor General's Office in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, is blocking the release of independent journalist Jumaboy Tolibov despite a Supreme Court ruling on October 11 setting him free, a local press freedom group said. The National Association of Independent Media of Tajikistan (NANSMIT), a Dushanbe-based...

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CPJ protests official harassment of independent newspaper reporting on Chechnya war

October 17, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a campaign of harassment and intimidation against Stanislav Dmitriyevsky in retaliation for his newspaper's reporting on the war in Chechnya. The persecution of Dmitriyevsky is part of a broader government campaign to obstruct the work of independent media reporting on Chechnya.

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CPJ Update

October 17, 2005 12:00 AM ET

CPJ Update October 17, 2005 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists Return to front page | See previous Updates...

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Journalist released from prison; pleads not guilty at UN tribunal

October 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 14, 2005—Croatian authorities released Josip Jovic from prison on Thursday after he agreed to respond to contempt charges at the Hague-based United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, according to local and international press reports. Jovic, former editor-in-chief of the Split daily Slobodna Dalmacija, traveled...

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Journalist released from prison after court ruling

October 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Editor's note: The original text of this alert has been corrected to accurately characterize Minbar i Halq. New York, October 12, 2005—The Supreme Court on Tuesday partially overturned the July 28 conviction of independent journalist Jumaboy Tolibov and ordered his immediate release, according to local press reports. Tolibov's six-month imprisonment...

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