Europe & Central Asia


Statements   |   Spain

CPJ condemns attack on Basque broadcaster

We issued the following statement in reaction to the car bomb explosion this morning outside the offices of EITB, a public radio and television broadcaster known for its balanced news coverage with headquarters in Bilbao, the main city of Spain's Basque Country. The bomb exploded at around 11 a.m. after a warning call from the armed separatist group ETA tipped a fire brigade, EITB reported on its Web site. The broadcaster's premises had been evacuated; no deaths and one minor injury were reported, The Associated Press said...

December 31, 2008 3:06 PM ET

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Reporter for opposition newspaper stabbed in Almaty

New York, December 30, 2008--Kazakh authorities must launch a thorough investigation into the stabbing of Artyom Miusov, a reporter with the opposition weekly Taszhargan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

December 30, 2008 4:09 PM ET


Statements   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ concerned by cancellation of broadcasts

We issued the following statement after Azerbaijan's National Council on Television and Radio announced today that it would discontinue the local licenses of international broadcasters Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Voice of America, and the BBC as of January 1, 2009...

December 30, 2008 3:01 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Journalist beaten, threatened in North Caucasus

New York, December 23, 2008--Russian authorities should promptly investigate the attack on Zhanna Akbasheva, a correspondent for the Regnum news agency in the republic of Karachai-Cherkessia, in Russia's North Caucasus, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

December 23, 2008 4:03 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

A dozen journalists detained, beaten at rally

New York, December 22, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is incensed by the violent attack on journalists covering a Sunday demonstration in Vladivostok, the regional capital of Primorsky Krai in Russia's Far East. 

December 22, 2008 5:02 PM ET


Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand

For sixth straight year, Iraq deadliest nation for press

New York, December 18, 2008—For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq was the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history.

Statements   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz officials issue ultimatum to RFE/RL

We issued the following statement after the state broadcaster in Kyrgyzstan said it would not carry programming by the popular Kyrgyz-language service of US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty unless all content was cleared in advance with the government...

December 16, 2008 2:09 PM ET

Blog   |   Russia

Politkovskaya case: 2 trials, 1 court, many questions

About 10 reporters sit on one of two wooden benches in the back of Room No. 4 at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow. They're gathered for the trial of three defendants accused of playing a role in the October 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta special correspondent Anna Politkovskaya. Only they won't be attending that trial today. 

December 11, 2008 7:24 PM ET


Impact   |   Afghanistan, Cuba, Malaysia, Russia, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe

CPJ Impact

December 2008
News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
December 10, 2008 3:05 PM ET


Reports   |   China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Myanmar, USA, Uzbekistan

CPJ's 2008 prison census: Online and in jail

Also: See capsule reports on journalists in jail as of December 1, 2008

New York, December 4, 2008--Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ's prison census.


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