Europe & Central Asia / 2013

Olympics: Next IOC Leader Should Back Rights Reforms

August 23, 2013 12:05 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2013--The next president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should ensure that future host countries comply with human rights in full accordance with the Olympic Charter, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said today. On August 2, 2013, Human Rights Watch and...

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Cameron should probe Miranda detention, return data

August 20, 2013 6:38 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister David Cameron: The U.K.'s use of anti-terror laws to seize journalistic material from David Miranda, partner and assistant to Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, is deeply troubling and not in keeping with the U.K's historic commitment to press freedom. We call on you to launch a thorough and transparent investigation and to ensure that his confiscated equipment and data are returned at once.

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Bomb explodes outside journalist's house in Montenegro

August 15, 2013 2:13 PM ET

An explosive device detonated outside the Berane home of Tufik Softic on the night of August 11, 2013, according to news reports....

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Journalists sentenced in alleged Ergenekon plot

August 7, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Istanbul, August 7, 2013--A Turkish appellate court should overturn the convictions of numerous journalists who have been convicted in connection with Ergenekon, a broad anti-government conspiracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were convicted on flawed penal and anti-terror laws that conflate news coverage and commentary...

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Editor jailed on retaliatory charges in Azerbaijan

August 5, 2013 4:28 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should stop their practice of jailing journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in Baku on Friday ordered the imprisonment of Sardar Alibeili, chief editor of the independent newspaper P.S. Nota, for two...

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Another reporter attacked, hospitalized in eastern Ukraine

July 29, 2013 3:19 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2013--Federal authorities in Ukraine should take over the investigation into today's brutal attack on a TV journalist who had regularly reported on allegations of corruption in the regional police force, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sergei Ostapenko, a reporter for Irta, suffered a broken...

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Several journalists fired, forced to resign in Turkey

July 25, 2013 6:00 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that numerous Turkish journalists, including the leading columnist Yavuz Baydar, have been fired or forced to resign from news outlets in apparent retaliation for their independent coverage of anti-government demonstrations that swept the country....

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Polish journalist abducted in Syria

July 25, 2013 3:58 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--A Polish freelance journalist was believed to have been abducted in northwest Syria on Wednesday, according to news reports citing local activists....

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In Ukraine, journalist hospitalized after brutal assault

July 22, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2013--Two assailants on Sunday severely beat Oleg Bogdanov, a Ukrainian journalist who has been subjected to an escalating series of attacks in recent months that have included threats and an arson attack on his car, according to news reports....

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CPJ calls for Aleksei Navalny's release in Russia

July 18, 2013 2:40 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2013--Russian authorities must free on appeal the anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, who was convicted on politicized charges of embezzlement today and sentenced to five years in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Navalny was jailed immediately after the verdict was announced,...

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