Europe & Central Asia / 2014

Belarus adopts restrictive media law amendments, blocks websites

December 23, 2014 2:51 PM ET

New York, December 23, 2014--The Belarusian parliament adopted amendments to a restrictive media law last week, and President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed them on December 20, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the broad and vaguely worded provisions of the law, which extend restrictions on...

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Belarusian journalist released from KGB jail, banned from travelling

December 16, 2014 4:32 PM ET

Aleksandr Alesin, journalist with the Minsk-based independent newspaper Belorusy i rynok (Belarusians and the Market), was released from prison on December 10, 2014, but banned from traveling outside Belarus pending investigation, local and international press reported....

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Turkish authorities target media in nationwide crackdown

December 14, 2014 1:07 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's raids on media outlets in which police detained journalists and media workers on politicized anti-state charges. Among those detained today were Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of Zaman, one of Turkey's largest dailies, and Hidayet Karaca, chairman of the Samanyolu Broadcast...

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Belarusian journalist held by the KGB on espionage charges

December 8, 2014 5:09 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of journalist Aleksandr Alesin, who according to news reports is being held by the Belarusian national security service, known as the KGB....

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Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova jailed in Azerbaijan

December 5, 2014 1:19 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2014--An Azerbaijani court in Baku today ordered the imprisonment of award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova for two months pending trial after a local man accused her of urging him to commit suicide, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling and...

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CPJ calls on Belgium to defend press freedom at Committee of Ministers

November 18, 2014 2:19 PM ET

CPJ calls on Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister, to use his country's presidency at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe--the largest pan-European human rights watchdog--to defend press freedom in Europe, and address violations by members states. CPJ's letter highlights press freedom abuses in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

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Letter to Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

November 13, 2014 4:35 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting with government officials, CPJ sends a follow up letter to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

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Letter to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

November 13, 2014 4:09 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting with government officials, CPJ sends a follow up letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Letter to Turkey's Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ

November 13, 2014 3:47 PM ET

In a follow up to a Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Turkey in October, which included a meeting at the Justice Ministry, CPJ sends a follow up letter to Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ.

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Azerbaijan pressures press freedom advocate's family, raids apartment

November 6, 2014 4:01 PM ET

New York, November 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment by Azerbaijani officials of the family of Gulnara Akhundova, a regional expert with the Denmark-based press freedom group International Media Support (IMS). Akhundova's 67-year-old mother was interrogated on Wednesday by prosecutors in Baku who raided her apartment the...

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