Europe & Central Asia

2019

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Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

May 3, 2019 2:05 PM ET

Press Freedom Day Throws Spotlight on Need to Assure Safe Reporting Brussels, May 3, 2019--The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Belarus will host the games, a multi-sport...

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Journalists threatened by government staffers in North Macedonia town

May 3, 2019 9:06 AM ET

On April 17, 2019, a reporter and a camera operator working for TV21, a private cable station in North Macedonia, were threatened by local government staffers in Aračinovo, a town east of the capital, Skopje, according to a report from TV21 and a statement by the Association of Journalists...

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Austrian news anchor Armin Wolf facing intimidation by far-right Freedom Party

May 2, 2019 9:45 AM ET

Armin Wolf, a news anchor at Austrian public service broadcaster Österreicher Rundfunk (ORF), was threatened and was the subject of attempts at intimidation by several politicians from the far-right Freedom Party of Austria, a member of the country's governing coalition, following his interview with Freedom Party General Secretary Harald...

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Russian police beat at least 1 journalist, arrest 2 during May Day protests in St. Petersburg

May 1, 2019 4:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2019 -- Russian authorities should allow journalists to freely cover protests and must investigate the alleged assault by police of Timur Hadjibekov and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two journalists arrested covering yellow vest protests in France

April 26, 2019 10:00 AM ET

On April 20, 2019, video journalists Gaspard Glanz and Alexis Kraland were arrested while covering "yellow vest" anti-government protests in Paris, according to media reports....

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Turkey can jail Cumhuriyet staff 'at any minute,' lawyers say

April 22, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Istanbul, April 22, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities to not take eight former employees from the daily Cumhuriyet into custody until the Supreme Court has heard their colleagues' appeal. At a press conference in Istanbul today, lawyers representing the employees said they would ask authorities...

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Journalist Lyra McKee shot dead during riot in Northern Ireland

April 19, 2019 9:47 AM ET

New York, April 19, 2019 - Freelance journalist Lyra McKee was fatally injured late last night during riots and a police operation in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, according to multiple news reports....

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Romanian investigative journalist Emilia Șercan receives death threats

April 18, 2019 1:44 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2019 -- Romanian authorities should conduct a swift investigation into the death threats levied against investigative journalist Emilia Șercan and ensure her safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists injured by police during protest in Bulgaria

April 17, 2019 3:27 PM ET

On April 12, 2019, at least two journalists were injured while covering clashes between police and protesters in Gabrovo, a town in central Bulgaria, according to local media reports....

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Finnish journalist Johanna Vehkoo fined for criminal defamation

April 17, 2019 8:43 AM ET

Berlin, April 17, 2019 -- Finnish authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against investigative journalist Johanna Vehkoo on appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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