Europe & Central Asia

2019

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Turkish appeals court upholds prison sentences for Cumhuriyet staff

February 19, 2019 3:00 PM ET

Istanbul, February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Istanbul appeals court's decision today to uphold the terrorism-related convictions of the staff of pro-opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet....

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Editor of Russia's Novye Kolyosa due in court after 15 months in custody

February 13, 2019 4:47 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2019--Igor Rudnikov, editor-in-chief and owner of the independent Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, is due to appear in court on extortion charges in St. Petersburg tomorrow, according to local news reports. Rudnikov, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, has been in pre-trial...

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Tut editor in Belarus court on charge of illegally accessing state media website

February 12, 2019 4:17 PM ET

Kiev, February 12, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Belarusian authorities to end their harassment of Maryna Zolatava, editor-in-chief of the country's largest independent news website, Tut.by. Zolatava appeared in court in Minsk today on charges of illegally accessing part of a state-owned news outlet's website and "official...

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Russia investigates reporter, seizes property over allegations of "justifying terrorism"

February 8, 2019 3:16 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2019--Russian authorities should immediately drop a criminal investigation launched against reporter Svetlana Prokopyeva and return her personal possessions seized during a raid of her apartment by armed police on February 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Serbia's N1TV receives letter threatening to kill staff, blow up office

February 6, 2019 2:43 PM ET

Berlin, February 6, 2019--Serbian authorities should thoroughly investigate a death threat made against staff at the privately owned N1TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The station received a letter on February 4 from someone threatening to kill its journalists and their families, and to blow up its...

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French police attempt to search Mediapart offices over Benalla report

February 4, 2019 1:55 PM ET

Berlin, February 4, 2019--The Paris prosecutor's office should cease its attempts to search the offices of investigative news outlet Mediapart, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Mediapart reported that police and prosecutors attempted to search its office today as part of an investigation into the outlet's reporting on the...

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French radio station burned in arson attack, anarchist group claims responsibility

February 4, 2019 10:09 AM ET

The Grenoble office of regional French public radio station France Bleu Isère was partially destroyed in an arson attack on January 28, 2019, according to the broadcaster. On January 30, a local anti-capitalist anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack, the station reported....

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Journalists assaulted by far-right demonstrators in Greece

January 24, 2019 2:13 PM ET

Berlin, January 24, 2019--Greek authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate the assault and harassment of reporters and photojournalists at a protest in Athens on January 20 and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Montenegro jails investigative journalist who reports on organized crime

January 15, 2019 1:43 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019--A Montenegro court today convicted investigative journalist Jovo Martinović of drug trafficking and being a member of a criminal group, and sentenced him to 18 months in prison, regional media reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence and called on authorities to not...

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Russia jails blogger for 10 days after sharing video online

January 15, 2019 1:30 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019 - Russian authorities should immediately release blogger Viktor Toroptsev from jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in the city of Amursk, in the Far Eastern region of Khabarovsk, handed a 10-day sentence to Toroptsev yesterday, ostensibly for a traffic violation,...

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