Europe & Central Asia / 2011

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In Russia, new suspect detained in Politkovskaya's slaying

August 24, 2011 4:29 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the detention of a new suspect in the murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, left, who was shot in her apartment building in 2006. The suspect, retired Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, is said to have formed a criminal group tasked...

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UK must not undermine news media

August 17, 2011 4:38 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Cameron: The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the steps to curb recent riots in the United Kingdom that are under consideration by your government. These measures would set alarming precedents that hinder press freedom and the free flow of information.

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BBC journalist goes on trial in Tajikistan

August 17, 2011 4:03 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tajik prosecutors to drop the fabricated extremism charges against Urinboy Usmonov, the BBC World Service correspondent in Tajikistan, and acquit him....

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Gongadze murder suspect's trial should be open to public

August 16, 2011 4:11 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2011--The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv must open to the public the ongoing trial against Aleksei Pukach, a former interior ministry general charged with the notorious 2000 killing of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. ...

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CPJ condemns U.K. calls for riot footage and restrictions

August 11, 2011 5:43 PM ET

New York, August 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's statement calling for broadcasters to immediately provide unedited footage and for measures restricting social networking as a means to stem ongoing riots in the country....

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CPJ concerned by attacks on journalists in London

August 9, 2011 12:26 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists is aggrieved by reports that journalists covering the riots in London and other cities are being attacked....

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BBC reporter released in Tajikistan

July 14, 2011 1:46 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Urinboy Usmonov, a BBC World Service correspondent, detained in June in Tajikistan and calls on authorities to fully exonerate him and remove restrictions on travel.  Tajik authorities released Usmonov on bail but continue to charge him...

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Tajikistan continues to hold BBC journalist

July 13, 2011 5:53 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Tajik prosecutors in Khujand, northern Tajikistan, to drop politicized extremism charges against BBC reporter Urinboy Usmonov, and calls for his immediate release. The journalist is being charged with failing to report the activities of the Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir to Tajik...

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Dozens of journalists detained in Belarus crackdown

July 7, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2011--Belarusian authorities must immediately cease their ongoing crackdown against the independent press and release all journalists in state custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Minsk and other cities across the country detained at least 28 journalists on Wednesday who were covering protest...

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Release Swedish journalists immediately

July 7, 2011 3:08 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2011--Following Ethiopian state television's broadcast of a clip presenting jailed and injured Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye as accomplices to terrorists, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ethiopia to immediately release the two journalists....

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