Europe & Central Asia / 2005

NGO bill is 'deeply troubling'

December 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a bill before you that seeks to dramatically expand state control over nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including those dedicated to promoting press freedom and supporting independent media. The bill emerges at a politically sensitive time, as the Kremlin prepares for the 2007 parliamentary election and the 2008 presidential election. The proposed restrictions appear to attack political pluralism and public dissent in Russia.

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Law criminalizes criticism of the state and Lukashenko

December 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores a new law that makes criticism of authoritarian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and his government punishable by up to five years in prison. Lukashenko secretly signed the amendments to the penal code on December 15. They were registered on December 20...

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Court suspends opposition paper for insulting the president

December 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists voiced outrage at the censorship of the Kazakh opposition newspaper Zhuma-Taims which has reported on vote rigging and corruption in the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Economic Court in Almaty suspended the paper's print-run in a December 20 ruling, according...

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Bomb damages office of popular daily newspaper

December 19, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 19, 2005—An explosion on Sunday evening damaged the Tirana headquarters of Shekulli, Albania's most popular independent daily, but staff members escaped injury, according to international press reports. Editor-in-Chief Robert Rakipllari said 15 staff members were working when the bomb exploded outside the newspaper building, The Associated Press...

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Jailed journalist finally freed after bureaucratic obstruction

December 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2005—A Tajik journalist ordered released last month by the Supreme Court was finally freed today, a move welcomed by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Jumaboy Tolibov left a detention center in the town of Istarafshan in the northern region of Sogd, according to a local CPJ...

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As Gongadze proceedings start, CPJ says much work remains

December 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2005—As court proceedings are about to begin against three defendants in the 2000 murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges Ukrainian authorities to identify and prosecute all those responsible for plotting the brutal slaying. Preliminary hearings are set to begin on...

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CPJ Update

December 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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Polish journalist deported

December 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the deportation from Belarus of Polish television journalist Agnieszka Romaszewska. She was deported on Wednesday from Minsk airport. She was detained at the airport on Tuesday when she flew into the country. Romaszewska had been working for the...

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Journalists face criminal prosecution

December 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent prosecution of journalists under laws that criminalize comment about the Turkish state, its institutions, and history. In the past three months, the authorities have used the catch-all provisions of Article 301 of the penal code to...

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Serbian soldiers convicted in 1991 slaughter of civilians, journalists

December 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 13, 2005—The War Crimes Chamber of the district court in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, convicted 14 former soldiers Monday on charges of torturing and executing Croatian civilians, including at least two journalists, in neighboring Croatia in 1991, according to international press reports. The defendants were given prison...

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Accreditation of last independent foreign broadcaster withheld

December 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 12, 2005—Uzbekistan today denied accreditation to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), silencing the last independent foreign broadcaster reporting from the country. The Foreign Ministry wrote the U.S.-funded radio station that it would not renew accreditation for its Tashkent bureau and would withdraw the current press cards of...

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Authorities ignore second Supreme Court order to free journalist

December 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2005—Tajik authorities have ignored a second Supreme Court order to release jailed independent journalist Jumaboy Tolibov, according to a local CPJ legal source, who is monitoring the case. The court ruled on October 11 and again on November 28 that Tolibov should be freed from a...

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Newspaper editor receives death threat for reporting on war crimes

December 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by an anonymous death threat made against Drago Hedl, editor of the independent Croatian satirical weekly Feral Tribune. Hedl said on Wednesday he received a letter mailed December 5 in his home city of Osijek that in letters cut...

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CPJ condemns draft law to silence government criticism

December 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 7, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by draft legislation that makes criticism of authoritarian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and his government punishable by up to five years in prison. The lower house of parliament passed amendments to the Penal Code on December 2, a move...

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Preliminary hearing held in Klebnikov murder trial

December 6, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2005—The Moscow City Court today held a preliminary hearing behind closed doors for three men accused in the July 2004 murder of Forbes Russia editor-in-chief Paul Klebnikov. The court ordered a jury trial to begin December 29, Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy reported. The Committee to...

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RUSSIA

November 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET

NOVEMBER 29, 2005 Posted: December 1, 2005 Olga Romanova, Ren-TV HARASSED Romanova said at a press conference in Moscow that she was concerned for her safety and that of her two children. She said that she had been followed by a black Audi since filing a criminal complaint with the...

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TV anchor taken off air for critical news reporting

November 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2005—Moscow-based Ren-TV has taken news anchor Olga Romanova off the air after she criticized the privately owned station for censoring her news coverage. Romanova said three security guards prevented her from entering the TV station on November 24 to host her evening news program "24," according...

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Trial of Klebnikov murder suspects to be held in secretCPJ urges open proceeding

November 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 22, 2005—Two Chechen men charged in the July 2004 slaying of Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov in Moscow will be tried in secret at the direction of the Russian prosecutor general, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists urged prosecutors to reconsider...

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UZBEKISTAN

November 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

NOVEMBER 10, 2005 POSTED: December 2, 2005 Aleksei Volosevich, Ferghana.ru ATTACKED Five unidentified men attacked Volosevich, one of the few independent reporters still working in Uzbekistan who witnessed the Andijan massacre, near his apartment in the capital Tashkent. Volosevich, is a correspondent for the Moscow-based Central Asia news Web site...

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CPJ condemns attack on independent journalist

November 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the assault of journalist Aleksei Volosevich, one of the few independent reporters still working in Uzbekistan who witnessed the Andijan massacre. Volosevich, correspondent for the Moscow-based Central Asia news Web site Ferghana.ru, was attacked by five unidentified men near...

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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

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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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Journalist convicted on charge of ‘insulting Turkish identity'

October 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction of a Turkish-Armenian journalist on a charge of "insulting and weakening Turkish identity through the media" An Istanbul court on Friday sentenced Hrant Dink, 52, editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, to a six-month suspended term. Dink...

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TURKEY

October 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 7, 2005 Posted October 18, 2005 Hrant Dink, Agos LEGAL ACTION A Turkish-Armenian journalist was convicted of "insulting and weakening Turkish identity through the media" An Istanbul court sentenced Dink, 52, editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, to a six-month suspended term. Dink and his lawyer, Fethiye Cetin,...

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Journalist arrested; facing extradition to UN war crimes tribunal

October 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2005—A Croatian journalist was arrested Thursday and faces extradition to the Hague-based United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after being accused of identifying a protected witness and failing to appear at a hearing on a contempt of court charge. Croatian police in...

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Journalist beaten and warned to halt investigation

October 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2005 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an attack on a Ukrainian television reporter by an unidentified assailant who warned her to stop investigating the political party headed by former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko. Reporter Natalya Vlasova of 34 Kanal, a television station in...

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UKRAINE

October 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 4, 2005 Posted October 11, 2005 Natalya Vlasova, 34 Kanal ATTACKED Reporter Natalya Vlasova of 34 Kanal, a television station in the eastern industrial city of Dnepropetrovsk, was attacked in a downtown street by an unidentified assailant who warned her to stop investigating the political party headed by former...

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Journalist released after serving criminal libel sentence

September 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 28, 2005 – Eduard Abrosimov was released from prison two weeks early on Wednesday after a court in the southern Russian city of Saratov upheld his criminal libel conviction and reduced his sentence from seven months to time served. Abrosimov, a journalist and adviser to former regional...

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As Kazakhstan vote nears, six papers blocked from publishing

September 27, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2005—Six newspapers that have covered an opposition candidate's presidential campaign were prevented on Monday from publishing their current editions, according to local and international press reports. Managers at the private printing company Vremya-Print in the financial capital of Almaty refused to explain why they would not...

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KAZAKHSTAN

September 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 Posted October 17, 2005 Epokha Svoboda Slova Zhuma-taims Apta.kz Azat Soz. CENSORED Six newspapers that have covered an opposition candidate's presidential campaign were prevented from publishing their current editions, according to local and international press reports. Managers at the private printing company Vremya-Print in the financial capital...

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Inquiry names Kuchma as mastermind in Gongadze murder

September 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2005—A Ukrainian parliamentary commission investigating the 2000 kidnapping and beheading of journalist Georgy Gongadze has accused former President Leonid Kuchma and three senior officials of plotting the murder. In an announcement to parliament on Tuesday the commission named Kuchma, late former Interior Minister Yuri Kravchenko, Parliament...

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CPJ demands end to Uzbek government's crackdown on media

September 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on President Islam Karimov to stop scapegoating the press and to end his government's campaign of intimidation and repression against the independent media. The government crackdown, which has targeted several international news organizations in dozens of incidents over...

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Dmitry Kholodov's parents allege improprieties in investigation

September 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 21, 2005—The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear charges that Russian authorities failed to properly investigate and prosecute the 1994 murder of Moscow reporter Dmitry Kholodov, the journalist's parents told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. Kholodov, a reporter for the independent newspaper Moskovsky...

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CPJ condemns closure of Internews

September 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 12, 2005 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a civil court ruling ordering the closure of the Tashkent office of Internews Network, a U.S.-based media training and advocacy organization. Internews said the court made its ruling on Friday on the basis of the August 4,...

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UZBEKISTAN

September 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

SEPTEMBER 9, 2005 Posted October 17, 2005 Internews Network Legal Action A civil court ordered the closure of the Tashkent office of Internews Network, a U.S.-based media training and advocacy organization. Internews said the court made its ruling on the basis of the August 4, 2005 criminal conviction of two...

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RUSSIA

September 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

SEPTEMBER 3, 2005 Posted September 8, 2005 Bert Sundstrom, SVT television, Sweden Legal Action Sundstrom, a correspondent for Swedish public broadcaster SVT in Moscow for the past three years, was forced to leave on September 3 after the government refused to extend his visa....

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RUSSIA

September 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 Posted September 2, 2005 Yuri Bagrov, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Harassment Bagrov was prevented by Russian police from covering the first anniversary of the Beslan school hostage tragedy. Bagrov, a North Caucasus correspondent for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, told CPJ he was held for...

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Radio Liberty reporter barred from Beslan anniversary

September 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2005— The Committee to Protect Journalists voiced outrage at the unrelenting harassment of reporter Yuri Bagrov who was prevented by Russian police today from covering the first anniversary of the Beslan school hostage tragedy. Bagrov, a North Caucasus correspondent for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio...

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UZBEKISTAN

August 30, 2005 12:00 PM ET

AUGUST 30, 2005 Posted September 2, 2005 Nosir Zokirov, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty IMPRISONED Nosir Zokirov, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was sentenced to six months in prison for insulting a security officer. Zokirov, an Uzbek who has worked for the radio's local language service for eight years,...

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Reporter jailed for "insulting" security officer

August 30, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2005—An Uzbek court sentenced a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to six months in prison for insulting a security officer, the radio said today. Nosir Zokirov, an Uzbek who has worked for the radio's local language service for eight years, was summoned to court in...

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TAJIKISTAN

August 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

AUGUST 25, 2005 Posted: August 29, 2005 Mukhtor Bokizoda, Nerui Sukhan LEGAL ACTION A judge in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, convicted the editor of the shuttered opposition newspaper on theft charges, sentencing him to two years of "corrective" labor, fining him, and garnishing part of his wages....

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Editor of independent weekly sentenced to two years corrective labor

August 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2005—A judge in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, convicted the editor of a shuttered opposition newspaper on theft charges today, sentencing him to two years of "corrective" labor, fining him, and garnishing part of his wages. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the verdict, calling the charges...

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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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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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SERBIA and MONTENEGRO

July 18, 2005 12:00 AM ET

JULY 14, 2005 Posted: July 18, 2005 B92 THREATENED An anonymous caller told a security guard at the Belgrade-based independent radio and television station that a bomb would explode in an hour inside the station's offices because of its "anti-Serb campaign," according to local news reports and CPJ interviews....

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Belgrade broadcaster forced to evacuate following threat

July 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 15, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a bomb threat made late Thursday night against the Belgrade-based independent radio and television station B92. An anonymous caller told a B92 security guard that a bomb would explode in an hour inside the station's offices because of its "anti-Serb...

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CPJ Update

July 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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CPJ seeks investigation into cameraman's death at drag-race site

July 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for a thorough and aggressive investigation into the death of Pavel Makeev, 21, a cameraman for Puls television in the southern Russian town of Azov. Makeev's body was found alongside a road on the outskirts of the Rostov Region...

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The Moscow Declaration

July 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

e, the relatives and colleagues of journalists murdered in Russia, along with Russian and international press freedom advocates, who convened for a conference in Moscow on July 7, 2005, declare the following: The lack of progress in investigating journalist murders undermines freedom and democracy in Russia, and demonstrates the...

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CPJ urges Putin to end ‘era of impunity’ in journalist murders

July 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Moscow, July 8, 2005—A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists today called on President Vladimir Putin to end a deplorable era of impunity for the murder of journalists during his five-year tenure. "We are calling on President Putin to ensure that the Prosecutor-General's Office makes greater progress in solving...

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Editor hospitalized after beating by two attackers

July 6, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by an attack against Nikolai Kochurov, editor-in-chief of Severodvinsk's independent newspaper, Severodvinsky Rabochy, who was beaten by two unidentified assailants on June 28. Kochurov remained hospitalized today with head and arm injuries after being struck with a heavy object...

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Opposition daily hit by three libel judgments

July 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2005—A district court in Minsk has handed down judgments against the opposition daily Narodnaya Volya (The People's Will) in three separate civil defamation trials and ordered the daily to pay a total of 115 million Belarusian rubles (US$53,500) in damages, according to local and international reports....

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U.S. sends wrong message to the world

June 30, 2005 4:02 PM ET

Restrictive regimes around the world came out ahead. Many were already taking a cue from a U.S. case involving the leak of a CIA officer's name when the Supreme Court announced this week that it would not hear an appeal by two journalists. The reporters, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times, face 18-month jail terms for not revealing their confidential sources.

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Russian journalist assassinated in Dagestan

June 30, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder late Tuesday of Magomedzagid Varisov, a prominent journalist and political analyst, who was gunned down in a contract-style assassination in Makhachkala, capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan....

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RUSSIA

June 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 28, 2005 Posted: July 1, 2005 Magomedzagid Varisov, Novoye Delo KILLED—CONFIRMED Machine-gun toting assailants opened fire on Varisov's sedan at around 9 p.m. as he was returning home with his wife and driver. Varisov sustained multiple bullet wounds and died at the scene. His wife was not injured; the...

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RUSSIA

June 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 28, 2005 Posted: July 7, 2005 Nikolai Kochurov, Severodvinsky Rabochy ATTACKED Kochurov, editor-in-chief of Severodvinsk's independent newspaper, Severodvinsky Rabochy, was beaten by two unidentified assailants and hospitalized with head and arm injuries. Assailants waiting in the entry to Kochurov's apartment building struck him with a heavy object as the...

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Russian reports say Maksimov murdered

June 28, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2005--Police in the northwestern Russian city of St. Petersburg consider three senior police investigators to be suspects in the June 2004 disappearance of local reporter Maksim Maksimov, according to local press reports. Police now believe the journalist was murdered for his work, those reports said. Maksimov,...

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Russian court imposes prison term in defamation case

June 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2005—An arbitration court in the southern Russian city of Saratov convicted Eduard Abrosimov, a journalist and adviser to former regional governor Dmitry Ayatskov, of criminal defamation on Wednesday and sentenced him to seven months in a prison colony for defaming public officials in two articles published...

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CPJ gravely concerned about threat against editor

June 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Kostunica: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply dismayed by the Serbian Interior Ministry's failure to promptly respond to a credible death threat made against Grujica Spasovic, editor-in-chief of the Belgrade-based independent daily Danas (Today). An anonymous telephone threat was made to the newspaper on June 11 after Danas reported that your government has identified the town where indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic is hiding. We call on you to ensure that the threat is thoroughly investigated and that appropriate protection is provided to Spasovic.

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Opposition photojournalist dies six months after dispute

June 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by the death on Sunday of Alim Kazimli, photo correspondent for the Baku-based opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat (New Equality). Despite a lengthy hospital stay and home medical treatment for a December 2004 stroke that left him partially paralyzed,...

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Opposition photojournalist dies

June 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by the death on Sunday of Alim Kazimli, photo correspondent for the Baku-based opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat (New Equality). Despite a lengthy hospital stay and home medical treatment for a December 2004 stroke that left him partially paralyzed,...

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Correspondent detained, passport seized

June 20, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the continued harassment of Tulkin Karayev, a correspondent for the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Police in the southern Uzbek city of Karshi stopped Karayev last Thursday as he was trying to travel to the capital, Tashkent,...

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UZBEKISTAN

June 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 16, 2005 Posted: June 21, 2005 Tulkin Karayev, Institute for War and Peace Reporting HARASSED Police in the southern Uzbek city of Karshi stopped Karayev as he was trying to travel to the capital, Tashkent, to seek medical treatment, Karayev told CPJ in a telephone interview. The detention came...

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Russian prosecutors identify alleged mastermind in Klebnikov murder

June 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2005—The Russian Prosecutor-General's office said today that a Chechen separatist leader ordered the July 2004 slaying of Paul Klebnikov, editor of Forbes Russia, according to local and international press reports. Vasily Lushchenko, spokesman for the prosecutor-general's office, identified the suspected mastermind as Khozh Akhmed Nukhayev,...

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Court sentences journalist to five years in prison colony

June 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2005—An arbitration court in the central Russian city of Smolensk convicted independent journalist Nikolai Goshko on charges of criminal defamation and sentenced him to five years in a prison colony for defaming three Smolensk officials in a July 2000 broadcast on the independent station, Radio Vesna....

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Correspondent released after serving ‘hooliganism' sentence

June 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2005—Police in the southern Uzbek city of Karshi yesterday released Tulkin Karayev, a correspondent for the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), after he served a 10-day detention on charges of hooliganism, IWPR Central Asia Editor Filip Noubel told CPJ. Police arrested Karayev on...

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CPJ Update

June 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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SERBIA and MONTENEGRO

June 11, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 11, 2005 Posted: June 30, 2005 Grujica Spasovic, Danas Danas THREATENED An anonymous telephone threat was made to the Belgrade-based independent daily after Danas reported that the Serbian government had identified the town where indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic was hiding....

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Journalist arrested in southern Uzbekistan

June 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2005—Authorities in the southern Uzbek city of Karshi have detained, arrested, and sentenced Tulkin Karayev, a correspondent for the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), on charges of hooliganism. On Saturday, June 4, an unknown woman attacked Karayev and human rights activist Gaybulla Djalilov,...

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RUSSIA

June 6, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 6, 2005 Posted: June 21, 2005 Nikolai Goshko, Radio Vesna and Odintsovskaya Nedelya LEGAL ACTION, IMPRISONED An arbitration court in the central Russian city of Smolensk convicted independent journalist Nikolai Goshko on charges of criminal defamation and sentenced him to five years in a prison colony for defaming three...

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Kosovo journalist shot

June 6, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2005— Unidentified assailants shot journalist Bardhyl Ajeti from a passing car in Kosovo last Friday, according to international press reports Ajeti, a reporter for the Albanian-language daily Bota Sot (World Today), is now in a coma. Ajeti, 28, was driving from Kosovo's capital of Pristina to...

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UZBEKISTAN

June 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 4, 2005 Posted: June 21, 2005 Tulkin Karayev, Institute for War and Peace Reporting LEGAL ACTION, IMPRISONED Authorities in the southern Uzbek city of Karshi detained, arrested, and sentenced Tulkin Karayev, a correspondent for the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), on charges of hooliganism....

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SERBIA and MONTENEGRO

June 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

JUNE 3, 2005 Posted: August 22, 2005 Bardhyl Ajeti, Bota Sot KILLED—CONFIRMED Ajeti, 28, a reporter for the Albanian-language daily Bota Sot (World Today), died in an Italian hospital on June 25, three weeks after being shot in Kosovo, Agence France-Presse reported....

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Journalist detained for 40 days without due process

June 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Editor's note: The original text of this alert has been corrected to accurately characterize the newspaper Minbar i Halq. New York, June 2, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 40-day detention of Jumaboy Tolibov, an independent journalist from northern Tajikistan. This week, deputy regional prosecutor Izatullo Mukhammadiyev confirmed the...

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Polish TV crew detained in Ingushetia

June 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2005— Police and Federal Security Service (FSB) agents in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia detained three journalists from the Polish state television station TVP, according to The Associated Press. Mariusz Pilis, Marcin Mamon, and Tomasz Glowacki were detained on Sunday around 8:30 p.m., at their...

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RUSSIA

May 29, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 29, 2005 Posted: June 3, 2005 Mariusz Pilis, TVP Marcin Mamon, TVP Tomasz Glowacki, TVP HARASSED Police and Federal Security Service (FSB) agents in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia detained three journalists from the Polish state television station TVP, according to The Associated Press....

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Police search Corriere della Sera newsroom

May 27, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2005—Six police officers searched the headquarters of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading national daily based in Milan. The officers spent at least two hours in the newsroom Wednesday evening, looking for documents that the daily had used as part of its earlier report on the use...

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Arabic Satellite Channels and Censorship

May 25, 2005 8:04 PM ET

Arabic Satellite Channels and Censorship By Joel Campagna Committee to Protect Journalists...

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ITALY

May 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 25, 2005 Posted: May 31, 2005 Staff, Corriere della Sera ATTACKED Six police officers searched the headquarters of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading national daily based in Milan. The officers spent at least two hours in the newsroom, looking for documents that the daily had used as part of...

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Media executive severely beaten

May 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sunday’s assault on Dmitry Suryaninov, general director of the Media-Samara holding company, which owns several news outlets in the Samara region of southern Russia. At least two assailants battered Suryaninov with baseball bats near his home in Samara, the regional...

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CPJ urges assembly speaker to back defamation reform

May 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Speaker: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide, encourages you to support pending legislation to reform Albania's criminal and civil defamation laws.

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CPJ disturbed by new FSB harassment of journalist Yuri Bagrov

May 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by the continued harassment of Yuri Bagrov, a North Caucasus correspondent for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). A Federal Security Service (FSB) agent prevented Bagrov from covering an opposition rally on Friday, then followed him...

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RUSSIA

May 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 21, 2005 Posted: July 15, 2005 Pavel Makeev, Puls KILLED—UNCONFIRMED The body of the 21-year-old cameraman was found alongside a road on the outskirts of the Rostov Region town shortly after he arrived to film illegal drag-race competitions. Authorities classified the death as a traffic accident, but colleagues believed...

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KAZAKHSTAN

May 17, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 4, 2005 Posted: May 17, 2005 Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye CENSORED The Kazakh Culture, Information, and Sports Ministry ordered the closing of the leading opposition weekly Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye (Republic Business Review)....

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Amid unrest, Uzbek authorities continue obstructing journalists

May 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 16, 2005—Uzbek authorities maintained a virtual blockade today on news coverage of civil unrest in the northeastern city of Andijan, expelling journalists from the town and obstructing foreign television news broadcasts. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the moves and called on President Islam Karimov to end...

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CPJ Update

May 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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UZBEKISTAN

May 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 14, 2005 Posted: May 17, 2005 Dmitry Yasminov, Ren TV Vikrot Muzalevsky, Ren TV HARASSED Uzbek authorities detained and expelled journalists covering civil unrest in the northeastern city of Andijan....

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UZBEKISTAN

May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 13, 2005 Posted: May 17, 2005 CNN, BBC, and NTV CENSORED Ferghana.ru, Lenta.ru, and Gazeta.ru CENSORED Didor Radio CENSORED...

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UZBEKISTAN

May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 13, 2005 Posted: May 17, 2005 Shamil Baygin, Reuters Galima Bukharbayeva, Institute for War and Peace Reporting HARASSED Uzbek authorities detained and expelled journalists covering civil unrest in the northeastern city of Andijan....

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Officials block news outlets amid massive protests

May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2005—Uzbek authorities shuttered several foreign and domestic media outlets today during massive anti-government protests in the northeastern city of Andijan, leaving citizens without access to independent news about the unrest, according to local and international press reports. Authorities blocked access to the foreign television channels...

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Latvian TV crew detained, harassed

May 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention and harassment this week of a Latvian television crew by local police and federal agents in Pytalovo, a district on the Latvia-Russia border. Reporter Ivo Kirsblats, cameraman Maris Jurgensons, and driver Eriks Pakalns of the Riga-based Latvian public...

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CPJ protests ministry's harassment of foreign correspondent

May 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Ganiev: The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly dismayed by your ministry's repeated and unfair denial of press accreditation to Marina Kozlova, Tashkent correspondent for United Press International (UPI).

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Information Ministry orders closure of opposition weekly

May 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2005 – CPJ condemns the closure of the leading opposition weekly Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye (Republic Business Review) by The Kazakh Culture, Information, and Sports Ministry. Last Thursday in Almaty, Kazakhstan's financial capital, Galina Dyrdina, the weekly's deputy editor told a press conference that editorial staff will...

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RUSSIA

May 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MAY 9, 2005 Posted: May 17, 2005 Ivo Kirsblats, LTV Maris Jurgensons, LTV LEGAL ACTION, CENSORED The Latvian television crew members were detained by local police and federal agents in Pytalovo, a district on the Latvia-Russia border....

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Investigators name chief suspect in murder of opposition editor

May 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 4, 2005—Investigators in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, said late yesterday that a 46-year-old Georgian citizen is the chief suspect in the March 2 murder of Elmar Huseynov, founder and editor of the opposition news magazine Monitor. The National Security Ministry (MNB), which is conducting the inquiry into Huseynov's...

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Russian journalists released from jail after being arrested at rally

May 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2005—A Belarusian court granted early release Saturday to two Russian journalists arrested last week while covering an opposition demonstration in the capital, Minsk, that marked the anniversary of the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The journalists were freed along with 12 Russians who participated in the...

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Independent Tunisian Journalists Still Face Harsh Attacks

April 28, 2005 4:17 PM ET

Independent Tunisian Journalists Still Face Harsh Attacks By Joel Campagna Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, London...

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BELARUS

April 27, 2005 12:00 PM ET

APRIL 27, 2005 Posted: May 3, 2005 Aleksey Ametyov, Newsweek Mikhail Romanov, Moskovsky Komsomolets LEGAL ACTION, IMPRISONED A court in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, handed jail sentences to two Russian journalists arrested while covering an opposition rally, according to local and international press reports....

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UZBEKISTAN

April 27, 2005 12:00 PM ET

APRIL 27, 2005 Posted: May 17, 2005 Marina Kozlova, United Press International LEGAL ACTION The Foreign Ministry denied press accreditation to Marina Kozlova, Tashkent correspondent for United Press International (UPI)....

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Two Russian journalists jailed after opposition rally

April 27, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2005—A court in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, handed brief jail sentences today to two Russian journalists arrested while covering an opposition rally, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by the action and called for the release...

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Attacker: ‘I will teach you how to write'

April 26, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2005—Independent Uzbek journalist Ulugbek Haydarov remained hospitalized today after a severe weekend beating at the doorstep of his home by an assailant who shouted, "I will teach you how to write," according to local and international press reports. Haydarov suffered a broken collarbone and multiple bruises...

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Exiled editor of Kazakh opposition weekly detained for two days

April 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2005—Police in the Russian city of Volokolamsk detained Irina Petrushova, editor of the Kazakh opposition weekly Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye, for two days at the request of Kazakh authorities, she told the Committee to Protect Journalists shortly after her release today. Petrushova, a 2002 winner of CPJ's...

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RUSSIA

April 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

APRIL 23, 2005 Posted: May 3, 2005 Irina Petrushova, Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye HARASSED, IMPRISONED Police in the Russian city of Volokolamsk detained Petrushova, editor of the Kazakh opposition weekly Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye, for two days at the request of Kazakh authorities, the journalist told CPJ....

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UZBEKISTAN

April 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

APRIL 23, 2005 Posted: May 3, 2005 Ulugbek Haydarov, freelance ATTACKED Haydarov was hospitalized after a severe beating at the doorstep of his home by an assailant who shouted, "I will teach you how to write," according to local and international press reports....

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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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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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Attacks on the Press in 2004: Introduction

March 14, 2005 11:58 AM ET

by Ann CooperWith its myriad dangers and devastating death toll, Iraq remained the worst place to practice journalism throughout 2004, and one of the most dangerous media assignments in recent history. Twenty-three journalists and 16 media support workers were killed on the job in Iraq during the year. An insurgent...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Africa Analysis

March 14, 2005 11:57 AM ET

Overviewby Julia Crawford With the rule of law weak in many African countries, journalists regularly battle threats and harassment, not only from governments but also from rogue elements, such as militias. Repressive legislation is used in many countries to silence journalists who write about sensitive topics such as corruption, mismanagement,...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Europe and Central Asia Analysis

March 14, 2005 11:54 AM ET

Overview by Alex Lupis Authoriatarian rulers strengthened their hold on power in many former Soviet republics in 2004. Their secretive, centralized governments aggressively suppressed all forms of independent activity, from journalism and human rights monitoring to religious activism and political opposition....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Middle East and North Africa Analysis

March 14, 2005 11:53 AM ET

OverviewBy Joel Campagna The conflict in Iraq led to a harrowing number of press attacks in 2004, with local journalists and media support workers primarily in the line of fire. Twenty-three journalists and 16 support staff—drivers, interpreters, fixers, and guards—were killed while on the job in Iraq in 2004. In...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Albania

March 14, 2005 11:46 AM ET

AlbaniaPrime Minister Fatos Nano and his socialist government continued to pressure independent and opposition media in 2004, using criminal and civil defamation complaints as a stick and politically motivated state advertising as a carrot....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Armenia

March 14, 2005 11:45 AM ET

ArmeniaThe Armenian government failed to protect journalists during violent demonstrations in April against President Robert Kocharian. In some cases, authorities were directly involved in attacks on the press....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Azerbaijan

March 14, 2005 11:45 AM ET

AzerbaijanThe massive protests that erupted in October 2003 over the election of President Ilham Aliyev continued to have repercussions in 2004. Following the lead of his father, Heydar, who died in December 2003, Aliyev intensified pressure on independent and opposition media and used the country's harsh criminal and civil codes...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Belarus

March 14, 2005 11:43 AM ET

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko strangled the country's independent and opposition media in the months before deeply flawed October elections that returned his supporters to Parliament. The obedient state media flooded the capital, Minsk, and the countryside with pro-Lukashenko propaganda, vilifying opposition leaders and urging voters to support the president or...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Bosnia-Herzegovina

March 14, 2005 11:42 AM ET

Bosnia-HerzegovinaJournalists in both of the autonomous regions that comprise Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska and the Croat-Muslim Federation, continue to work in a complex environment marred by widespread corruption and organized crime, weak government institutions, economic underdevelopment, and poor access to government information. Journalists commonly practice self-censorship to avoid pressure...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Central Africa Republic

March 14, 2005 11:39 AM ET

Central Africa Republic President François Bozizé's government imprisoned two prominent publication directors and harassed many other journalists as initial optimism that he would enact reforms gave way to the reality of civil strife and a bleak economy. Bozizé took power in this mineral-rich but chronically unstable nation after toppling former...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Croatia

March 14, 2005 11:37 AM ET

CroatiaAfter returning to power in 2003, the nationalist Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), tried to reassure voters and the international community that it had moved beyond the repressive right-wing policies that marked its ironfisted rule during the 1990s. Senior HDZ officials reasserted influence over state media but kept a looser hold...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Georgia

March 14, 2005 11:32 AM ET

GeorgiaMany in the news media had high hopes that this South Caucasus nation would pursue a path of greater press freedom due to the instrumental role that journalists played in the "Rose Revolution," which swept President Eduard Shevardnadze and his corruption-riddled Cabinet out of office in November 2003. The independent...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Ivory Coast

March 14, 2005 11:27 AM ET

Ivory Coast Although legislation passed at the end of 2004 eliminated criminal penalties for most press offenses, journalists in Ivory Coast face much more immediate and dangerous threats, including harassment and violence, amid the political tension and uncertainty that have engulfed the country since civil war began in 2002. Serious...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Kazakhstan

March 14, 2005 11:26 AM ET

KazakhstanPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev ignored Western criticism in 2004 as he consolidated his control over the independent and opposition media to ensure his success in September's parliamentary elections and the upcoming 2006 presidential vote....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Kyrgyzstan

March 14, 2005 11:25 AM ET

KyrgyzstanAs the 2005 parliamentary and presidential elections approached, President Askar Akayev and his allies used restrictive laws and politicized government agencies to crack down on opposition voices and the country's few remaining independent media outlets....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Moldova

March 14, 2005 11:22 AM ET

MoldovaThirteen years after declaring independence from the Soviet Union, Moldova is plagued by a corrupt communist government, a stagnant economy, and an ongoing civil conflict with the breakaway Trans-Dniester Region. Corruption is widespread in a society where criminal groups have fused with the government and business. Independent and opposition media...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: North Korea

March 14, 2005 11:18 AM ET

North Korea While foreign analysts kept guessing at the state of nuclear development in North Korea, one thing remained certain in 2004: There is no free press in the country, only government outlets that voice the pronouncements of Kim Jong Il's authoritarian regime....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Romania

March 14, 2005 11:14 AM ET

RomaniaIn its annual assessment of Romania's democratic reforms, the European Commission criticized the government's press freedom record. Authorities' use of lucrative advertising contracts and forgiveness of debts to the state to influence television news coverage, as well as provincial politicians' acquisition of media outlets to promote their political and business...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Russia

March 14, 2005 11:14 AM ET

RussiaA midyear purge of independent voices on state television and an alarming suppression of news coverage during the Beslan hostage crisis marked a year in which Russian President Vladimir Putin increasingly exerted Soviet-style control over the media. Using intelligence agents and an array of politicized state agencies, Putin pushed for...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Serbia and Montenegro

March 14, 2005 11:11 AM ET

Serbia and MontenegroPolitical paralysis consumed Serbia for much of 2004. Conservative reformists and ultranationalists argued over the bloody legacy of former President Slobodan Milosevic and refused to extradite Serbs indicted for war crimes to The Hague–based U.N. -tribunal. Amid a chaotic and polarized atmosphere, journalists were vulnerable to -intimidation from...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Tajikistan

March 14, 2005 11:09 AM ET

Tajikistan President Imomali Rakhmonov consolidated his authoritarian rule in 2004, arresting political opponents and cracking down on opposition newspapers. Authorities employed bureaucratic and legal harassment in a broad campaign to silence criticism of the president and his allies ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for February 2005....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Turkey

March 14, 2005 11:05 AM ET

TurkeyThe European Union's long-awaited decision in December to begin formal talks to admit Turkey would have been impossible without legislative reforms made in recent years, including several aimed at expanding freedom of expression. A new Penal Code set to take effect in 2005 codifies a number of recent press reforms....

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Turkmenistan

March 14, 2005 11:04 AM ET

TurkmenistanSaparmurat Niyazov, Turkmenistan's self-proclaimed president for life, continued on the path of international isolation and ironfisted dictatorial rule. State control over the country's abundant natural gas reserves provided Niyazov with the financial independence to ignore international opinion, repress dissident voices, and intensify his cult of personality. In 2004, the government...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Ukraine

March 14, 2005 11:02 AM ET

UkraineThroughout 2004, Ukraine's authoritarian President Leonid Kuchma carefully groomed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to succeed him when his second term expired at the end of the year. Relying on pro-government television stations, an obedient Central Elections Commission (CEC), and support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kuchma attempted to orchestrate a...

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Attacks on the Press 2004: Uzbekistan

March 14, 2005 11:00 AM ET

UzbekistanUzbekistan's stagnant economy and Soviet-style dictatorship continued to fuel popular discontent in 2004, and President Islam Karimov brutally suppressed dissenters to -maintain his control of the country. Karimov stonewalled U.S. and Western pressure for reforms throughout the year, cultivating his image as an American ally in the "war on -terror"...

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Ukrainian prosecutors report progress in the Gongadze case

March 11, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2005—The questioning of Ukraine's former president and negotiations to obtain a potentially key tape recording capped a week of developments in the Ukrainian government's investigation into the September 2000 abduction and murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze. The once-dormant investigation, given life when President Viktor...

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Supreme Court examines complaints in Kholodov murder case

March 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2005—The Military Collegium of Russia's Supreme Court today opened hearings to examine complaints filed by the Prosecutor General's Office and the parents of Dmitry Kholodov, a slain reporter for the Moscow-based independent newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, according to local press reports. Kholodov was murdered in October 1994...

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CPJ seeks to halt intimidation in Chechnya

March 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned about an ongoing campaign by the Federal Security Service (FSB) and prosecutors to intimidate and obstruct the work of independent journalists reporting on the ongoing war in and around the southern republic of Chechnya.

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Former Ukrainian minister implicated in Gongadze case is found dead

March 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2005—Former Interior Minister Yuri Kravchenko was found dead this morning outside the capitol of Kyiv just hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors about the September 2000 abduction and murder of Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze, according to local and international press reports....

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AZERBAIJAN

March 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MARCH 2, 2005 Posted: March 7, 2005 Elmar Huseynov, Monitor, KILLED—CONFIRMED Huseynov, the founder and editor of the opposition weekly news magazine Monitor, was gunned down in his apartment building in the capital, Baku....

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Editor of opposition weekly gunned down

March 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Elmar Huseynov, the founder and editor of the opposition weekly news magazine Monitor, who was gunned down this evening in his apartment building in the capital, Baku. Huseynov was shot several times while walking up the stairwell...

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KYRGYZSTAN

March 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

MARCH 2005 Kyrgyz National Television & Radio CENSORED Senior government officials prevented journalists at the state-run Kyrgyz National Television & Radio Corporation (KTR) from reporting on rallies protesting fraud-marred parliamentary elections, according to local and international press reports....

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Suspects detained; key witness injured in grenade attack

March 1, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2005—Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said today that Kyiv investigators had detained and were questioning suspects in the 2000 murder of investigative reporter Georgy Gongadze, whose decapitation had shocked Ukraine and whose unsolved case had tainted the highest reaches of government. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed...

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Radio station suspended days before parliamentary elections

February 25, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2005—A state broadcast regulator last night shuttered the popular Kyrgyz Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, known locally as Radio Azattyk, just three days ahead of the country's parliamentary elections, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the government...

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CNN's Jordan is gone, but questions remain over U.S. security record in Iraq

February 24, 2005 7:56 PM ET

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KYRGYZSTAN

February 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET

FEBRUARY 24, 2005 Posted: March 7, 2005 Radio Azattyk (Kyrgyz Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) CENSORED A state broadcast regulator shuttered the popular Kyrgyz Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, known locally as Radio Azattyk, just three days ahead of the country's parliamentary elections, according to local and international...

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TURKMENISTAN

February 24, 2005 12:00 PM ET

FEBRUARY 24, 2005 Posted: March 22, 2005 Viktor Panov, RIA Novosti IMPRISONED, EXPELLED Panov, Ashgabat correspondent for the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, was forced to leave Turkmenistan after being detained for more than two weeks....

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Russian Prosecutor-General charges one in the murder

February 23, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2005—Belarusian authorities yesterday extradited to Russia two ethnic Chechens who are suspects in the July slaying of Paul Klebnikov, founding editor of Forbes Russia magazine, according to local and international press reports. The Russian General-Prosecutor's Office today charged one of the men, Muslim Ibragimov, with complicity...

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KYRGYZSTAN

February 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

FEBRUARY 22, 2005 Posted: March 7, 2005 The Media Support Center HARASSED Authorities cut off electricity on February 22 to the country's only independent printing house. The Media Support Center, funded and operated by the U.S.-based non-governmental organization Freedom House, prints the country's major independent and opposition newspapers....

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Interior Ministry says journalist will not be deported

February 22, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2005—The Interior Ministry in North Ossetia says a journalist recently ordered deported by the Federal Security Service may instead stay in Russia and reapply for citizenship, according to local press reports. But the apparent shift does not lift any of the restrictions that have prevented Yuri...

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CPJ urges Bush to highlight Russian press abuses in Putin summit

February 20, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Dear President Bush: The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned about the dramatic decline in press freedom under Russian President Vladimir Putin's tenure, including a recent surge in new media restrictions spearheaded by the Kremlin and its allies.

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Journalist's deportation delayed

February 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2005—A journalist ordered deported by the Russian security service was allowed to stay in Russia temporarily because officials in the passport office told him they could find no legal basis to expel him. Yuri Bagrov, who has covered the North Caucasus for The Associated Press and...

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CPJ concerned about journalist's pending deportation

February 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed that the Russian government is planning to deport Yuri Bagrov, a journalist who has covered the North Caucasus for The Associated Press and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in retaliation for his independent reporting on the war in the southern...

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CPJ Update

February 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET

CPJ Update February 15, 2005 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists Return to front page | See previous Updates...

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Journalists demand inquiry into alleged abuses by security agency

February 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2005—Five independent Croatian journalists filed a petition on Monday requesting that the government investigate allegations that the Counter-Intelligence Agency (POA) tried to discredit them after they reported on sensitive war crimes issues, according to local and international press reports. The journalists called for an inquiry...

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Authorities issue warning to newspaper over Chechnya interview

February 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 9, 2005—Federal authorities in Moscow have issued an official warning to the independent Moscow daily Kommersant for publishing a February 7 interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, according to local and international press reports. The Federal Service for Oversight of Compliance with Media Laws issued the...

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RUSSIA

February 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

FEBRUARY 8, 2005 Posted: February 10, 2005 KommersantHARASSED Federal authorities in Moscow issued an official warning to the independent Moscow daily Kommersant for publishing a February 7 interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, according to local and international press reports....

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Asesinan a periodista televisivo

February 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Bogotá, 5 de febrero de 2005--El Comité para la Protección de Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) investiga el asesinato de Oscar Alberto Polanco Herrera, periodista televisivo que fue ultimado a balazos el día de ayer, 4 de febrero, en la ciudad de Cartago, departamento de Valle del Cauca,...

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CROATIA

February 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

FEBRUARY 4, 2005 Posted: March 14, 2005 Gordan Malic, GlobusIvica Djikic, Feral Tribune Marijo Kavain, Jutarnji Listi Ivanka Toma, Jutarnji Listi Zeljko Peratovic, Vjesnik...

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Journalist abducted, threatened by military officers

February 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2005—Akrep Hasanov, an Azerbaijani journalist with the independent weekly Monitor in the capital, Baku, was abducted by military officers and held in detention for five hours, Hasanov told CPJ. The journalist says he was detained in retaliation for writing an article about abuses and mismanagement in...

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AZERBAIJAN

February 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

FEBRUARY 2, 2005 Posted: February 4, 2005 Akrep Hasanov, Monitor HARASSED, THREATENED Hasanov, an Azerbaijani journalist with the independent weekly Monitor in the capital, Baku, was abducted by military officers and held in detention for five hours, Hasanov told CPJ. The journalist says he was detained in retaliation for writing...

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CPJ urges vigorous investigations, reforms

January 31, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by your stated commitment to improve the poor press freedom climate in Ukraine. There is much to be remedied--and many benefits to be gained--as your administration ushers in what is widely hoped to be a new democratic era.

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CPJ disturbed that journalist's appeal denied

January 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, January 21, 2005—The Supreme Court of the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia upheld on Wednesday, January 19, the conviction of Yuri Bagrov on criminal charges of using forged documents to obtain Russian citizenship. The court also fined him 15,000 rubles (US$530). "We are very concerned that the...

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CPJ Update

January 14, 2005 12:00 AM ET

CPJ Update January 14, 2005 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists Return to front page | See previous Updates...

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CPJ Update

January 10, 2005 4:02 PM ET

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

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Assets of opposition newspaper frozen

January 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2005—The independent Azerbaijani opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat ceased publication indefinitely on December 31, 2004, because a court froze the paperís assets and bank account after ordering it to pay hefty libel damages to several government officials. The damages, which total nearly 800 million manats (US$160,000), stem...

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CPJ disturbed by ruling that Russian newspaper must pay millions

January 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by a Moscow court’s finding that Kommersant, Russia’s leading independent business daily, must pay millions in damages for a July article that described long lines of customers withdrawing money at a major bank. An appellate court ruled last week...

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