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Ukrainian photojournalist Ihor Hudenko missing in Kharkiv since February

New York, May 10, 2022 – Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Ukrainian photojournalist and blogger Ihor Hudenko should come forward immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Hudenko lost contact with his friends and family while in the northeastern city of Kharkiv on February 26, according to the National Union of Journalists…

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Russia-Ukraine watch

How the war is affecting press freedom in the region Updated May 26, 2022 Russia’s assault on Ukraine has included attacks on dozens of hospitals, The Associated Press reported. Amid the escalating humanitarian crisis that has displaced 12.8 million people according to United Nations figures, journalists are under threat in Russia, Ukraine, and other parts…

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Russian court in Crimea sentences RFE/RL journalist Vladislav Yesypenko to 6 years in prison

New York, February 17, 2022 – Russian authorities in Crimea should not contest journalist Vladislav Yesypenko’s appeal and should release him immediately and cease prosecuting members of the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, February 16, a court in Simferopol, the capital of Russian-occupied Crimea, convicted Yesypenko, a…

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Freelance journalist Andrey Kuznechyk detained in Belarus

Vilnius, Lithuania, November 29, 2021 — Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Andrey Kuznechyk and stop detaining independent journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 25, Kuznechyk, a freelance correspondent for Radio Svaboda, the Belarusian-language service of the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), returned to his home in Minsk, the…

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Russian regulator announces fines for RFE/RL outlets under expanded ‘foreign agent’ law

New York, January 14, 2021 – Russian authorities should repeal the country’s foreign agents law to ensure that local and foreign news outlets can work freely, and in the meantime refrain from fining media organizations over alleged violations of the law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 12, Roskomnadzor, the country’s media…

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Ukrainian investigative program ‘Schemes’ targeted with car burning, alleged surveillance

New York, August 17, 2020 – Ukrainian authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the torching of a car affiliated with the “Schemes” TV program and the alleged surveillance of one of the program’s journalists, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 7, Mykhailo Tkach,…

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The front page of a March 20 newspaper shows President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned the previous day. Kazakhstan's press was restricted and censored under his long rule. (Reuters/Pavel Mikheyev)

Nazarbayev’s long rule leaves toxic legacy for Kazakhstan’s media

In 2011, I observed an astonishing spectacle in the Respublika newspaper offices in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s financial capital. Journalists were putting a modern-day twist on samizdat, a practice in the Soviet Union whereby dissidents laboriously copied illicit material to circumvent censorship.

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A police officer in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on July 18, 2016. Journalist Saniya Toiken was recently arrested and fined after covering protests in the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)

Kazakhstan journalist fined after covering protests

New York, March 14, 2019 — Kazakhstan authorities should not contest journalist Saniya Toiken’s appeal of a fine imposed in response to her coverage of protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A woman sells newspapers and magazines in central Kiev, Ukraine, on January 24, 2019. Two Ukrainian journalists were recently assaulted by officials of the village council of Chabany, a town south of Kiev. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Ukrainian officials assault investigative reporter and cameraman

Kiev, March 8, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian authorities to swiftly investigate an assault on reporter Katerina Kaplyuk and cameraman Boris Trotsenko, who work for the investigative news show “Schemes,” a project of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian Service, and to ensure their attackers are held accountable.

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Cars drive on a highway in Kiev, Ukraine, on January 18, 2017. Journalists in Kiev have recently reported being watched and followed. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Ukrainian investigative journalists report being followed, monitored

Kiev, February 25, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern for the safety of journalists working at Ukraine’s Schemes and Bihus.Info investigative journalism outlets after both reported being followed and surveilled last week, and called on authorities to swiftly investigate the matter.

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