Azimjon Askarov

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Kyrgyz president must release journalist Azimjon Askarov amid COVID-19 epidemic

March 31, 2020 4:49 PM ET

CPJ today joined eight other human rights and press freedom organizations to call for the immediate release of journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov, who has been serving a life sentence in retaliation for his reporting since June...

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Wife of imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov calls for his release as COVID-19 hits Kyrgyzstan

March 23, 2020 3:15 PM ET

On March 11, Khadicha Askarova, the wife of imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov, wrote a letter to Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov pleading for the journalist’s release....

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Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court to hear appeal of journalist Azimjon Askarov

February 24, 2020 1:20 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2020 -- Kyrgyzstan authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov and should release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ launches 2019 #FreeThePress campaign

December 2, 2019 7:00 AM ET

Instagram campaign to focus on jailed journalists in Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Eritrea, Vietnam, and elsewhere New York, December 2, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today launched its annual #FreeThePress campaign to raise awareness of jailed journalists globally. The campaign will highlight...

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CPJ calls on UN Secretary-General Guterres to push for release of Azimjon Askarov in Kyrgyzstan

September 17, 2019 1:21 PM ET

CPJ writes to UN Secretary-General António Guterres urging him to call on the government of Kyrgyzstan to release unjustly imprisoned journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov.

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Kyrgyz court upholds life sentence for Azimjon Askarov

July 30, 2019 10:35 AM ET

Washington, D.C., July 30, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed deep disappointment and concern over today's court decision in Kyrgyzstan to uphold the life sentence of journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov....

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CPJ joins letter to EU's Mogherini urging release of Kyrgyz journalist Askarov

July 1, 2019 3:30 PM ET

CPJ joined seven other human rights and freedom of expression groups in writing a letter, made public today, calling on the government of Kyrgyzstan to release journalist and rights advocate Azimjon Askarov....

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Harsh conditions for Askarov, the Kyrgyz journalist UN says should be freed

June 3, 2019 10:00 AM ET

On a recent morning in Bazar-Korgon, southern Kyrgyzstan, Khadicha Askarova was giving hasty instructions to her daughter about what needed to be packed. They were about to set off: first for the capital Bishkek, some 600km from where they...

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CPJ's Joel Simon speaks at Press Behind Bars panel

September 28, 2018 2:13 PM ET

Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon addressed a panel event at the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2018. The event highlighted global press freedom violations and the jailing of...

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Live Stream - Press Behind Bars: Undermining Justice and Democracy

September 27, 2018 5:09 PM ET

Event scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT on Friday, September 28, 2018. Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon, Reuters President and CPJ board member Stephen J. Adler, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who represents the...

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