Kyrgyz human rights reporter sentenced to life in prison
September 15, 2010 4:10 PM ET
New York, September 15, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by the conviction and life sentence handed to human rights reporter Azimjon Askarov by a court in Jalal-Abad region, southern Kyrgyzstan, today. ...
CPJ asks Kyrgyz president to ensure fair trial of reporters
September 14, 2010 10:59 AM ET
Dear President Otunbayeva: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to call your attention to the politicized prosecution of independent journalist Ulugbek Abdusalomov and human rights reporter and researcher Azimjon Askarov in the southern Jalal-Abad region. Both have been charged with extremism and other serious charges and face lengthy prison sentences, including a life term, if convicted. Their prosecution is in retaliation for their reporting on ethnic discrimination and human rights abuses in southern Kyrgyzstan, according to our research.
CPJ decries charges against journalists in Kyrgyzstan
August 12, 2010 4:45 PM ET
New York, August 12, 2010--Trumped-up charges of extremism against Ulugbek Abdusalomov, the editor of an independent newspaper, and Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender, should be dropped immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Kyrgyz agents raid TV station, interrogate director
July 13, 2010 9:33 AM ET
New York, July 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Friday raid on the newsroom of the independent Uzbek-language broadcaster Osh TV in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh. The Kyrgyz security service (known as SNB) also temporarily detained director Khalil Khudaiberdiyev in the raid on the station. Osh TV...
Kyrgyzstan detains journalists as violence continues
June 23, 2010 4:46 PM ET
New York, June 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Kyrgyz authorities to immediately release independent journalists Ulugbek Abdusalomov and Azimjon Askarov, and to ensure the safety of other journalists working in southern Kyrgyzstan, which has been engulfed by interethnic violence since early June....
Kyrgyz stations shut down, only state TV broadcasting
June 14, 2010 6:15 PM ET
New York, June 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by reports that local television stations in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh were ordered to cease transmission on Friday by the city government in the wake of interethnic violence in the region. Osh residents now have access only to...
Newspaper suspended, TV station raided in Kyrgyzstan
April 2, 2010 4:36 PM ET
New York, April 2, 2010—Authorities in Kyrgyzstan should halt their ongoing crackdown on independent and opposition news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Bishkek court suspended a pro-opposition newspaper on Wednesday—the third such suspension this month—while financial police confiscated newsroom computers belonging to an independent Web-based television...
Your Excellency: On the fifth anniversary of the Tulip Revolution that brought your government to power on the promise of democratic reform, the Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express alarm at your government’s backsliding on press freedom.
Under pressure, Kyrgyz stations halt RFE/RL programming
March 16, 2010 5:52 PM ET
New York, March 16, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by reports that the Kyrgyz government has pressured several radio and television stations to stop carrying programming from the Kyrgyz service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)....