Europe & Central Asia / 2005

Journalist sentenced to five years in prison camp released

August 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2005—A court in the central Russian city of Smolensk has released independent journalist Nikolai Goshko who was sentenced in June to five years in a prison camp for criminal defamation. Goshko told CPJ today that he was surprised by the August 19 release order, which came...

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Court upholds two-year prison sentence for journalist

August 17, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2005—A district court in Moscow upheld the conviction of editor and writer Pavel Lyuzakov on Tuesday, sentencing him to two years in a prison colony for illegal possession of a pistol. The journalist and colleagues say the charges against him were politically motivated and filed in...

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BELARUS

August 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

AUGUST 16, 2005 Posted October 31, 2005 Pavel Morozov, Andrei Obozov, Oleg Minich HARASSED, CENSORED On August 16, the city prosecutor's office in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, launched a criminal case against a Web site that published a series of animated Internet cartoons satirizing Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko. The case...

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Authorities deport Russian journalist

August 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the deportation of Russian journalist Igor Rotar, who was detained by Uzbek authorities in Tashkent on Thursday and put on a plane bound for Almaty, Kazakhstan, late the next day, according to local and international press reports. Uzbek security and...

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Russian journalist detained upon arrival; held incommunicado

August 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2005—Uzbek authorities at the airport in the capital, Tashkent, detained Russian journalist Igor Rotar on Thursday and were holding him today, according to his news organization and international press reports. Rotar, a Central Asia correspondent for several Russian newspapers and Western Web sites, was detained by...

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UZBEKISTAN

August 11, 2005 12:00 PM ET

AUGUST 11-12, 2005 Posted: August 18, 2005 Igor Rotar. Forum 18 HARASSED, EXPELLED Russian journalist Igor Rotar, who was detained by Uzbek authorities in Tashkent on August 11 and put on a plane bound for Almaty, Kazakhstan, late the next day, according to local and international press reports....

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Polish photojournalist expelled, banned from Belarus for five years

August 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 8, 2005—A Polish photojournalist was expelled from Belarus on Saturday and banned from the country for five years. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today it is disturbed by the expulsion of Adam Tuchlinksi, 25, of the weekly news magazine Przekroj. Belarusian security agents detained Tuchlinksi as...

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RUSSIA

August 6, 2005 12:00 PM ET

AUGUST 6, 2005 Posted: August 9, 2005 Adam Tuchlinksi, Przekroj. EXPELLED Tuchlinksi, photojournalist for the weekly Polish news magazine Przekroj, was expelled from Belarus and banned from the country for five years....

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Court convicts Internews staffers, rejects office closure

August 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2005—A judge in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, convicted two staffers of Internews Network, a U.S.-based media training and advocacy organization, on Thursday of producing television programming without a license and publishing information illegally. Former Internews director Khalida Anarbayeva and accountant Olga Narmuradova will not have...

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CPJ calls on minister to reverse ABC decision

August 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Dear Minister Lavrov: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Foreign Ministry's pattern of using accreditation, visa and other regulations to control and intimidate journalists reporting on the war in Chechnya for foreign media. The Foreign Ministry escalated this campaign against foreign news media by moving this week to bar the U.S. television network ABC from reporting in Russia.

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