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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

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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.

July 8, 2016 3:02 PM ET

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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.

July 8, 2016 10:05 AM ET

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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.

April 25, 2016 12:12 PM ET

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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)

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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 y Egipto encarcelan a una cifra récord de periodistas

Egipto es sólo superado por China como el país con la mayor cifra de periodistas encarcelados en 2015. A escala global, la cifra de periodistas encarcelados por su labor informativa registró un declive moderado durante el año, pero unos pocos países continúan el empleo sistemático de las penas de cárcel para silenciar a las voces críticas. Un informe especial del CPJ elaborado por Elana Beiser

El fotoperiodista egipcio conocido como Shawkan comparece ante un tribunal de El Cairo en mayo de 2015, su primera comparecencia luego de permanecer encarcelado más de 600 días. Una cifra récord de periodistas se encontraban encarcelados en Egipto en 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

15 de Diciembre 2015 12:01 AM ET

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Letters   |   Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, USA, Uzbekistan

CPJ urges Kerry to call for release of imprisoned journalists in Central Asia

Dear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. As you prepare to head to these countries later this week, we ask that you put press freedom on the agenda of your meetings with high-level government officials.

October 28, 2015 3:54 PM ET

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