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2010

Alerts   |   Russia

Russian court overturns Beketov defamation conviction

New York, December 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved that the Khimki City Court has overturned the defamation conviction of editor Mikhail Beketov, a verdict that had been condemned in Russia and abroad. 

December 10, 2010 3:50 PM ET

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CPJ seeks progress in solving Russia's Togliatti murders

Valery Ivanov and Aleksei Sidorov, both of whom were killed for their paper's hard-hitting coverage. (AP/Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye/Alexei Yablokov)
New York, December 8, 2010--Authorities with Russia's Investigative Committee must show evidence that they are legitimately investigating the consecutive murders of two editors of the independent newspaper Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Investigative Committee of Samara Region--which has jurisdiction over the cases of Valery Ivanov (killed in April 2002) and Aleksei Sidorov (killed in October 2003)--announced on November 18 that it had identified a circle of suspects in the murders.
December 8, 2010 5:27 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ethiopia, Iran, Russia, Venezuela

Journalists on the frontlines of press freedom honored

CPJ board member Kati Marton presents a 2010 International Press Freedom Award to Nadira Isayeva. (Getty/Michael Nagle)
New York, November 24, 2010--Outstanding journalists at the forefront of the battle for press freedom in Ethiopia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela were honored Tuesday evening at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 20th Annual International Press Freedom Awards benefit dinner.

Alerts   |   Russia, USA

Journalists arrested at U.S. 'School of the Americas' protest

New York, November 23, 2010--Two journalists from the Moscow-based broadcast outlet Russia Today were arrested on November 20 while covering a protest against the U.S. military training center formerly known as the "School of the Americas" at Fort Benning, Georgia. On-air correspondent Kaelyn Forde and cameraman Jon Conway, both of whom are U.S. citizens, were charged with unlawful assembly, demonstrating without a permit, and failing to obey police orders, according to The Associated Press. They were both held for 29 hours before each was released on a US$1,300 bond.
November 23, 2010 2:52 PM ET

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Russia reopens investigation into Beketov attack

New York, November 11, 2010--Russia's top investigator, Aleksandr Bastrykin, today ordered the reopening of a probe into a near-lethal November 2008 attack on Mikhail Beketov, editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda. Bastrykin's order comes a day after a court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki convicted Beketov of criminally slandering local mayor Vladimir Strelchenko. The conviction, coming at a time when Beketov's assailants are walking free, drew international condemnation.

November 11, 2010 2:44 PM ET

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Letters   |   Russia

Mayor Strelchenko, drop your cruel complaint

Dear Mayor Strelchenko: While leading a delegation to Moscow from the Committee to Protect Journalists in late September, I had the opportunity to meet with Mikhail Beketov in the Moscow hospital where he was being treated. Today, I was outraged to learn Beketov is now a convicted criminal because you have pursued a cruel complaint.

November 10, 2010 5:14 PM ET

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Beketov convicted of defamation, his assailants still at large

New York, November 10, 2010--A court in the Moscow suburb of Khimki today convicted Mikhail Beketov, the editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda, of criminally slandering Khimki's mayor, Vladimir Strelchenko, in a 2007 television interview. Beketov, who is in a wheelchair and unable to speak two years after a near-lethal attack, was wheeled into the courtroom for today's verdict.
November 10, 2010 4:58 PM ET

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Russian reporters beaten; both covered highway project

A man holds up a placard pressing for a thorough investigation into the beating of Oleg Kashin. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

New York, November 8, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces two attacks on journalists in the Moscow region and calls on authorities to end impunity in crimes against reporters in Russia. Both victims, Oleg Kashin of the business daily Kommersant and Anatoly Adamchuk of the independent weekly Zhukovskiye Vesti, have covered a contentious highway project that would go through a forest in the Moscow suburb of Khimki. Kashin worked on a number of other sensitive subjects as well.

Statements   |   Russia

CPJ condemns attack on Kommersant reporter

APNew York, November 6, 2010--The Russian government must act immediately to arrest the assailants responsible for a brutal attack today on a reporter for the Moscow daily Kommersant. The brazen assault, which left Oleg Kashin, left, so badly injured he was placed in an induced coma, is a product in part of the government's failure to combat anti-press crimes, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. Simon's statement follows: 

November 6, 2010 3:20 PM ET

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Circle of suspects widens in Politkovskaya case

Investigative Committee Chairman Aleksandr Bastrykin says the government won't repeat its earlier mistakes in the Politkovskaya case. (CPJ)

New York, October 6, 2010--Detectives with the federal Investigative Committee, the Russian agency responsible for investigating serious crimes, say they are probing a widening circle of suspects in the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

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