Europe & Central Asia / 2012

Belarus must lift travel ban against journalists

March 15, 2012 3:14 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the illegal foreign travel ban on at least four independent journalists in Belarus, and calls on the government of Aleksandr Lukashenko to immediately restore their freedom of movement....

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Azerbaijan must halt smear campaign against reporter

March 14, 2012 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2012--Azerbaijani authorities must carry out a swift investigation into the ongoing smear campaign against journalist Khadija Ismailova, ensure her safety, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey releases journalists, grave concerns remain

March 12, 2012 2:21 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2012--The release of Turkish journalists Nedim Şener, Ahmet Şık, Muhammet Sait Çakır, and Coşkun Musluk, who are among dozens of journalists imprisoned in Turkey for alleged participation in a purported antistate plot known as Ergenekon, is a welcome development, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Moscow police must investigate attacks on journalists

March 7, 2012 4:37 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2012--A reporter covering a post-election protest in Moscow suffered a concussion after being assaulted by police, the most serious of at least three attacks on journalists reporting on demonstrations on Monday, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assaults and calls on...

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Turkish prime minister distorts state of press freedom

March 7, 2012 2:34 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the Turkish prime minister's repeated use of CPJ statistics to misrepresent and undermine the serious repression faced by journalists in Turkey....

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Tajikistan orders Internet providers to block websites

March 7, 2012 2:04 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2012--Authorities in Tajikistan must immediately lift the order blocking domestic access to several news websites and Facebook, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian journalists detained at post-election rally

March 5, 2012 1:22 PM ET

March 5, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that three journalists and one blogger covering opposition protests in Russia are being held without charge in a Moscow police station....

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Reporters injured while covering clashes in Azerbaijan

March 1, 2012 4:12 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2012--At least two journalists were injured and another five suffered the effects of tear gas while covering violent clashes between police and residents of the northeastern city of Quba, according to news reports and CPJ sources....

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Kyrgyzstan must drop charges against journalist

February 29, 2012 3:13 PM ET

New York, February 29, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Kyrgyzstan to drop politically motivated extremism charges against independent journalist Vladimir Farafonov....

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Kyrgyz government blocks access to news website

February 23, 2012 9:00 AM ET

New York, February 23, 2012--The Kyrgyz government's decision to block access to the independent news website Ferghana News contradicts the country's declared commitment to press freedom and should be overturned immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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