Europe & Central Asia / 2006

MONTENEGRO: Editor attacked outside home

December 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

October 24, 2006 Posted December 27, 2006 Jevrem Brkovic, Crnogorski Knjizevni List ATTACKED Brkovic, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper Crnogorski Knjizevni List (Montenegrin Literary Journal), was attacked by three masked men outside his home in the capital Podgorica. The attackers fatally shot the editor’s driver Srdjan Vojicic, according to the...

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In Azerbaijan, reporter beaten as attacks on newspaper continue

December 26, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 26, 2006—Four unidentified men severely beat Nijat Huseynov, a reporter for the Baku-based opposition daily Azadlyg, on Monday morning, according to local and international press reports. Huseynov told the Turan news agency that he had received anonymous threatening phone calls recently. The callers made reference to Huseynov's...

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Empty promise of press freedom

December 18, 2006 10:43 PM ET

China media-watchers are accustomed to seeing moderate pendulum swings in the government's approach to press freedom. Over the years, rules have been eased, only to be reined back when social conditions or political administrations change.

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Appeals court refuses to hear Zakhidov defense witnesses

December 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, December 7, 2006—The Azerbaijan Court of Appeals should reverse a ruling excluding defense witnesses in the appeal of Sakit Zakhidov and release the ailing journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today . The court ruled Monday not to hear witnesses for the defense or further investigate the...

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Investigative reporter attacked and robbed of story notes

December 5, 2006 12:00 PM ET

December 5, 2006 Posted December 12, 2006 Eduard Kitashov, Chelovek i Zakon ATTACKED An unidentified assailant knocked Kitashov unconscious in Moscow and robbed him of his notes for a story on an attempted corporate takeover in the southern Russian industrial city of Togliatti. The assailant took Kitashov’s briefcase containing a...

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Journalists not guilty of leaking state secrets

December 4, 2006 12:00 PM ET

 UPDATE  December 4, 2006 Original Alert: May 1, 2006 Niels Lunde, Berlingske Tidende Michael Bjerre, Berlingske Tidende Jesper Larsen, Berlingske Tidende...

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Colleagues of Anna Politkovskaya receive death threats

November 28, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by death threats against two colleagues of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The independent Moscow newspaper Novaya Gazeta said in a statement yesterday that two of its leading journalists received anonymous death threats on November 24. Deputy Editor Sergei...

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NETHERLANDS: Two journalists jailed for not revealing sources

November 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

November 27, 2006 Posted December 13, 2006 Bart Mos, De Telegraaf Joost de Haas, De Telegraaf IMPRISONED An investigating judge in The Hague ordered the detention of Mos and de Haas for not revealing the identity of sources for a story they wrote for the Amsterdam-based independent daily De Telegraaf....

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Government cracks down on independent and opposition media

November 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 27, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the government closure of Azerbaijan’s oldest independent radio and television broadcaster, and the harassment of independent and opposition print media. Authorities sealed facilities and confiscated broadcast equipment on November 24 of the Azerbaijan News Service (ANS), local media reported. The...

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Two journalists held for defaming the Prophet Muhammad

November 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, November 17, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two independent journalists in Azerbaijan over an article that authorities claim insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Samir Sadagatoglu, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Senet, and reporter Rafiq Tagi, were detained after publishing an article on November 1 titled...

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