Kyrgyzstan / Europe & Central Asia

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CPJ welcomes positive development in Kyrgyzstan, calls for Askarov's release

May 18, 2018 4:48 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's decision to drop defamation charges he pressed last year against independent news website Zanoza and its journalists Naryn Idinov and Dina Maslova, and urged the country's new administration to release Azimjon Askarov, a...

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CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to end restrictive media practices

March 14, 2018 3:20 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of 28 other international press freedom organizations to call on Kyrgyz authorities to drop defamation lawsuits and to end the practice of using disproportionate fines, travel bans and other harsh penalties to punish critical media outlets and journalists....

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Kyrgyz journalist charged, put under travel ban following investigative report

February 13, 2018 3:51 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2018--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova, lift her travel ban, and allow her to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russia and former Soviet states emboldened by declining press freedom in US, Europe

October 4, 2017 3:30 PM ET

Receding media freedom in established European democracies and in the United States has emboldened authoritarian governments in Russia and other former Soviet countries to crack down on independent voices at home. I am sharing this information today with the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe-known as the Helsinki...

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Kyrgyzstan holds three trials in one day against independent outlet

June 29, 2017 5:56 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2017--Kyrgyzstan should drop all charges against the independent media organization ProMedia and its co-founder, Naryn Idinov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Bishkek district court held three separate hearings today into charges of insult made against ProMedia, which runs the independent online news...

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Kyrgyzstan investigates journalist for incitement after he criticizes ethnic slurs

June 9, 2017 2:35 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2017--Kyrgyz authorities should drop a criminal investigation into independent journalist Ulugbek Babakulov, allow him to work freely, and cease blocking access to a news website that published his writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officials are investigating Babakulov on suspicion of "inciting...

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Kyrgyz journalist receives death threats

June 1, 2017 4:57 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--Authorities in Kyrgyzstan should ensure the safety of independent journalist Ulugbek Babakulov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Babakulov, who has been the target of intense criticism from lawmakers and pro-government media since he criticized nationalist social media posts in an article last week,...

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In pivotal election year Kyrgyz media face verbal assaults from president and legal action

March 28, 2017 1:57 PM ET

In Kyrgyzstan, once Central Asia's most liberal country, President Almazbek Atambayev is tightening his grip on critical voices, including independent journalists and foreign media....

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Court upholds life sentence for Kyrgyz journalist and activist Azimjon Askarov

January 24, 2017 11:10 AM ET

New York, January 24, 2017--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately release journalist and human rights activist Azimjon Askarov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kyrgyzstan's Chui Regional Court today upheld a September 2010 life sentence against Askarov on charges of complicity in murder and...

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CPJ calls on World Bank to advocate for release of Kyrgyzstan journalist

January 5, 2017 9:30 AM ET

CPJ calls on Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, to engage with Kyrgyz authorities and call for the release of Azimjon Askarov, an independent journalist jailed for life on retaliatory charges in 2010.

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