Europe & Central Asia / 2014

In Azerbaijan, media watchdog raided, equipment confiscated

August 8, 2014 1:05 PM ET

New York, August 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to stop harassing the Baku-based media freedom group Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety. Detectives with Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office raided the IRFS premises today, the local press reported. A journalist who was at the raid told...

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Another journalist held by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine

August 1, 2014 3:32 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2014--Pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Lugansk region of Ukraine abducted at least one journalist on Thursday, according to a local press freedom group and news reports....

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In Ukraine, journalists injured, detained, expelled

July 28, 2014 4:48 PM ET

New York, July 28, 2014--In recent days in Ukraine, an international journalist was wounded in a car crash caused by separatists' gunfire, a local journalist was detained by separatists, a Russian reporter for Bloomberg News was briefly detained by a Ukrainian army unit, and a foreign journalist was expelled by...

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Journalists missing, fixer kidnapped, press banned in eastern Ukraine

July 23, 2014 6:15 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of recent anti-press violations in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing, while pro-Russia separatists abducted a fixer and briefly detained a reporter, according to news reports...

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Journalists detained, threatened while covering MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine

July 21, 2014 5:04 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2014--Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine should stop threatening and obstructing journalists from reporting on the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukrainian reporter held for reporting in Russia without work permit

July 21, 2014 12:23 PM ET

Russian authorities arrested Yevgeny Agarkov, a reporter with the Ukrainian television station 1+1, on July 18, 2014, and accused him of working in Russia without a proper accreditation, according to news reports. Agarkov had traveled there to cover the controversial prosecution and trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, whom Russia...

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Turkish prime minister sues journalist for insult on Twitter

July 18, 2014 3:46 PM ET

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported on July 10, 2014, that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office to launch a criminal investigation against Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief of the English-language daily newspaper Today's Zaman, on charges of "insulting a public official."...

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Turkish journalist on trial for insulting prime minister

July 10, 2014 10:03 AM ET

Erol Özkoray, Turkish journalist and author, appeared in court for the third time on June 18, 2014, on charges of insulting the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his book, The Gezi Phenomenon, according to news reports. The book covered the popular anti-government protests that erupted in Turkey in 2013...

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Journalist temporarily fled Turkey after receiving death threats

July 10, 2014 10:03 AM ET

On June 23, 2014, Hasnian Kazim, a German journalist who covered Turkey for the German magazine Der Spiegel, told the daily Hürriyet that he had temporarily fled the country after receiving online death threats....

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Turkish cartoonist jailed for insulting religious leader

July 10, 2014 10:02 AM ET

On June 12, 2014, Mehmet Düzenli, a cartoonist, was taken into custody to begin serving a three-month prison term he was given after being convicted of insulting controversial religious leader and TV figure Adnan Oktar (also known as Harun Yahya) in his drawings. The daily pro-opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet reported that...

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