Europe & Central Asia / 2005

RUSSIA

August 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

AUGUST 2, 2005 Posted: August 9, 2005 ABC Andrei Babitsky, ABC HARASSED, LEGAL ACTION The Foreign Ministry announced steps to bar the U.S. television network ABC from reporting in Russia. The ministry said in a statement that ABC reporters had been denied access to government officials and that their accreditations...

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Kremlin moves to bar ABC from reporting in Russia

August 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2005—The Kremlin escalated its campaign of intimidation against foreign news media covering the war in Chechnya as authorities began moving today to bar the U.S. television network ABC from reporting in Russia. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the decision and called for its reversal....

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Prosecutor says Gongadze probe moves to new phase

August 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2005—The Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office announced last night that it has completed the first part of its investigation into the 2000 murder of Georgy Gongadze, editor of the independent news Web site Ukrainska Pravda (Ukrainian Truth). Yuri Boychenko, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said yesterday that authorities...

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TAJIKISTAN

August 2, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 28, 2005 Posted: August 2, 2005 Jumaboy Tolibov, freelance IMPRISONED A judge in northern Tajikistan sentenced independent journalist Jumaboy Tolibov to two years in a prison colony on charges of hooliganism, illegally entering a residence, and abusing his office as a local government administrator, according to local and international...

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UZBEKISTAN

August 2, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 18, 2005 Posted: August 2, 2005 Khalida Anarbayeva, Internews Network Olga Narmuradova, Internews Network LEGAL ACTION Former director Anarbayeva and accountant Narmuradova went on trial July 18 at the Yakkasaroy District Court in Tashkent. They faced up to six months in prison if convicted on charges of publishing information...

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UZBEKISTAN

August 2, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 18, 2005 Posted: August 2, 2005 Erkin Yakubjanov, International Media Support IMPRISONED Yakubjanov was detained for 11 days without charge. Yakubjanov was taken into custody by Uzbek border guards at the Dustlik checkpoint as he tried to cross into the Uzbek side of the Ferghana Valley. Yakubjanov was traveling...

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Uzbek leader urged to end harassment of independent press

August 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about your regime's ongoing crackdown on independent journalists and media. Your government's actions are especially troubling in the aftermath of the May 13 unrest in the northeast city of Andijan, during which security forces opened fire on antigovernment demonstrators, killing between 500 and 1,000 civilians, according to local and international human rights organizations and eyewitness accounts.

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Foreign Ministry summons U.S. diplomat after ABC report

July 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2005—The Russian Foreign Ministry today issued a formal complaint to a U.S. diplomat, a day after the ABC News program "Nightline" aired an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev, according to international news reports. Already this year, Russian authorities have pressured both Britain and Sweden...

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Journalist sentenced to two years in prison

July 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2005—A judge in northern Tajikistan yesterday sentenced independent journalist Jumaboy Tolibov to two years in a prison colony on charges of hooliganism, illegally entering a residence, and abusing his office as a local government administrator, according to local and international reports. The defense intends to appeal...

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On Refusing to Forget Samir Qassir

July 28, 2005 4:01 PM ET

As legal proceedings begin in France to shed light on the murder of Lebanese journalist and academic Samir Qassir on June 2, hundreds of his friends, students and journalists refuse to forget.

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