Europe & Central Asia


Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Independent editor imprisoned in Azerbaijan

New York, November 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the prosecution and imprisonment of Avaz Zeynally, editor-in-chief of the independent daily Khural, and calls on Azerbaijani authorities to release him immediately.

November 1, 2011 5:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan TV crew assaulted after covering labor strike

New York, October 26, 2011--Authorities in the western Mangystau region of Kazakhstan must thoroughly investigate a brutal attack today against two journalists for the Internet-based opposition broadcaster Stan TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

October 26, 2011 4:25 PM ET


Alerts   |   Bulgaria

Television journalist's car explodes in Bulgaria

Sasho Dikov's car was destroyed in the blast. (Reuters)

New York, October 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday's attack on Sasho Dikov, a Bulgarian journalist with private national television channel Kanal 3, and calls on investigators to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

October 14, 2011 4:41 PM ET


Alerts   |   Tajikistan

Tajik journalists convicted, released from jail

Journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov was convicted on insult charges today, but was released from prison. He is banned from all journalistic work for three years. (RFE/RL Radio Ozodi)

New York, October 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by today's release of two Tajik journalists, but condemns their convictions on extremism and insult, among other charges, and calls for the quashing of the convictions on appeal.

October 14, 2011 2:04 PM ET


Statements   |   Tajikistan

Tajikistan must release reporters

New York, October 13, 2011--As a court in Tajikistan prepares to issue verdicts in the politicized criminal prosecutions of BBC correspondent Urinboy Usmonov, and Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, a reporter with the independent weekly Nuri Zindagi, the Committee to Protect Journalists is demanding justice.
October 13, 2011 3:35 PM ET


Statements   |   Russia

Justice still pending in Politkovskaya murder case

New York, October 7, 2011--Five years after the brutal assassination of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Russian authorities to prosecute the masterminds of her killing and end impunity in the murder of journalists.
October 7, 2011 10:38 AM ET


Alerts   |   Turkmenistan

Reporter gets five years in Turkmenistan

New York, October 5, 2011 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing today of Dovletmurad Yazguliyev, a local correspondent for the Turkmen service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), to five years in prison on charges of inciting a relative's suicide attempt.

Alerts   |   Tajikistan

Tajik journalist faces 16 years in jail

New York, September 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ongoing imprisonment of journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov and is dismayed by prosecutors' call for a hefty prison term on defamation and other charges.

September 29, 2011 4:10 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

Retired police official charged in Politkovskaya murder

Pavlyuchenkov in a Moscow court. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)
New York, September 2, 2011--Russia's Investigative Committee brought charges today against retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov in connection with the 2006 murder of renowned investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, and named convicted criminal Lom-Ali Gaitukayev as an organizer of the slaying.

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Gongadze suspect admits to killing, implicates Kuchma

Kuchma, under indictment, denies involvement in the Gongadze slaying. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

New York, August 31, 2011--A former general with the Ukrainian Interior Ministry testified in a Kyiv court on Tuesday that he killed journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000 in a plot orchestrated by former President Leonid Kuchma and other top officials, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.

August 31, 2011 6:24 PM ET



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