Europe & Central Asia / 2013

Azerbaijani prosecutor requests harsh jail term for editor

February 13, 2013 4:07 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2013--A state prosecutor in Baku, the capital, asked a court today to convict imprisoned journalist Avaz Zeynally on charges of extortion and bribery and sentence him to 11 years in jail, according to news reports. Zeynally, editor of the independent daily Khural, has been held in...

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Kurdish journalists, media workers released in Turkey

February 11, 2013 4:22 PM ET

Istanbul, February 11, 2013--The release of at least seven journalists and media workers from pretrial detention is a positive step toward restoring the press freedom climate in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Embattled Respublika journalists targeted in Kazakhstan

February 6, 2013 5:59 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2013--Authorities in Kazakhstan should cease harassing the staff of embattled independent newspaper Respublika, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijani reporter jailed on mass disorder charges

February 6, 2013 5:44 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2013--Azerbaijani authorities should drop charges of organizing mass disorder against Tofiq Yaqublu, a columnist for leading opposition daily Yeni Musavat, and immediately release him from jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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UK should press Somalia on journalist's jailing, murders

February 1, 2013 11:50 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Cameron: In anticipation of your meeting with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud next week, we would like to bring to your attention recent actions taken by the Somali government, as well as the increasing number of unsolved journalist murders in the country.

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In Gongadze case, a milestone toward justice

January 29, 2013 3:07 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2013--The conviction today of a former high-ranking Ukrainian police official in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze is a long-overdue step, but justice will not be fully served until all of the perpetrators are held responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gongadze, founder and...

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Several journalists jailed in new Turkish crackdown

January 22, 2013 5:14 PM ET

January 22, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey--Turkish authorities should halt their practice of jailing journalists on vague anti-terror charges and allow the local press to report freely without fear of imprisonment or harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Authorities block news websites, Facebook in Tajikistan

January 17, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2013--Tajik authorities must lift their order blocking domestic access to at least three news websites that have reported critically about issues such as energy shortages, rising unemployment, and human rights abuses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The order, which also applied to Facebook, is...

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Kazakh reporter says he staged his own abduction

January 8, 2013 1:50 PM ET

A journalist in Astana, the capital, said in a press conference on January 4, 2013, that he had staged his own disappearance in December to attract government attention to ongoing abuses in the country, according to news reports. Local journalists and press freedom organizations condemned the act, which they said...

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