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Alerts   |   Kyrgyzstan

Retrial of Azimjon Askarov to begin in Kyrgyzstan

Journalist Azimjon Askarov has been imprisoned in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 on trumped-up charges. Photo provided by Askarov's family.

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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Pentagon updates Law of War Manual to recognize journalists' role in covering conflict

Frank Smyth, CPJ's security consultant, was stunned when he read the newly released Law of War Manual from the U.S. Department of Defense in June 2015. The manual included language that allowed journalists to be categorized as "unprivileged belligerents," which would allow military commanders to detain journalists indefinitely outside the rules of war.

"I was shocked that the manual failed to recognize the role and importance of independent reporting, while placing journalists in the same potential category as terrorists, saboteurs and spies," Smyth said.

August 2, 2016 1:05 PM ET

Statements   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Supreme Court leaves Azimjon Askarov in jail

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.

July 12, 2016 1:27 PM ET


Letters   |   Germany, Kyrgyzstan

CPJ calls on Merkel to use Kyrgyzstan visit to secure Askarov's release

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.

Blog   |   Kyrgyzstan

CPJ joins call for Kyrgyzstan to release jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov

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 ruling by the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Askarov, a recipient of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, be freed without delay.

Statements   |   Kyrgyzstan

CPJ urges Kyrgyzstan to release Azimjon Askarov

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 case, the Kyrgyz constitution obliges the court to hear it, in light of findings announced Friday by the U.N. Human Rights Committee.

Blog   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan must free jailed journalist Azimjon Askarov, UN committee says

A human rights body has called for the release of Azimjon Askarov, pictured with bruising caused while in custody. A report found his arrest and trial unjust and evidence that the journalist was tortured. (Nurbek Toktakunov)

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 Toktakunov, and a team of experts from the New York-based Open Society Justice Initiative.

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)


La Chine et l'Égypte emprisonnent un nombre record de journalistes

L’Égypte arrive en deuxième position derrière la Chine à titre de pays emprisonnant le plus de journalistes en 2015. Dans le monde entier cette année, le nombre de journalistes derrière les barreaux pour l’exercice de leur profession a connu une baisse modérée, mais une poignée de pays continue d’utiliser l’emprisonnement systématique pour faire taire les critiques. Un rapport spécial d’Elana Beiser pour le CPJ

Le photojournaliste égyptien connu sous le nom de Shawkan comparaît devant le tribunal au Caire en mai 2015 pour la première fois après plus de 600 jours en prison. Un nombre record de journalistes est détenu en Égypte en 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

15 décembre 2015 0h01 ET

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China, Egito aprisionam um número recorde de jornalistas

O Egito é superado apenas pela China como o pior carcereiro do mundo de jornalistas em 2015. Em todo o mundo, o número de jornalistas atrás das grades por seu trabalho diminuiu moderadamente durante o ano, mas um punhado de países continua a usar a prisão sistemática para silenciar as críticas. Um relatório especial do CPJ por Elana Beiser

O fotojornalista egípcio conhecido como Shawkan aparece perante um tribunal no Cairo em maio de 2015 pela primeira vez depois de mais de 600 dias de prisão. Um número recorde de jornalistas está preso no Egito em 2015. (AP / Lobna Tarek)

dezembro 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

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