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...
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,...
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...
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.
Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high
December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET
At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by...
New York, October 3, 2016--Kyrgyz authorities should fully abide by the United Nations Human Rights Committee's calls to immediately release Azimjon Askarov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
CPJ calls on Merkel to use Kyrgyzstan visit to secure Askarov's release
July 8, 2016 3:02 PM ET
CPJ calls on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to use her upcoming visit to Kyrgyzstan to call on officials there to release the imprisoned journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov. The U.N. Human Rights Committee found in April 2016 that Kyrgyzstan is obligated to free Askarov, quash his conviction, and pay him compensation for unjust imprisonment. Chancellor Merkel is scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan on July 13 and 14.
CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to release jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov
July 8, 2016 10:05 AM ET
On July 11, the Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court will hear a petition for the release of Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender who is serving a life sentence in prison. This week, CPJ and Human Rights Watch jointly called on Kyrgyzstan authorities to fully abide by an April 21...