Kyrgyzstan / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists killed in Kyrgyzstan since 1992

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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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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...

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Retrial of Azimjon Askarov to begin in Kyrgyzstan

October 3, 2016 5:47 PM ET

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....

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Kyrgyz Supreme Court leaves Azimjon Askarov in jail

July 12, 2016 1:27 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2016 - Kyrgyz prosecutors should drop all charges against Azimjon Askarov and ensure the journalist's immediate release, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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.

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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...

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CPJ urges Kyrgyzstan to release Azimjon Askarov

April 25, 2016 12:12 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately and fully comply with the U.N. Human Rights Committee's calls to free imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court announced in a statement on its website today that if Askarov requests a review of his...

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Kyrgyzstan must free jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov, UN committee says

April 21, 2016 3:24 PM ET

In a milestone decision announced today in Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Committee called on Kyrgyzstan to immediately release Azimjon Askarov, a journalist sentenced to life in prison in September 2010. The U.N. body issued its decision after reviewing a complaint filed in November 2012 by Askarov's lawyer, Nurbek...

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