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An airport in Ashgabat features a portrait of Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in September 2016. Turkmen authorities threatened and detained journalist Soltan Achilova on May 9, 2018, as she was attempting to take pictures. (Reuters/Marat Gurt)

Journalist detained, threatened in Turkmenistan

Turkmen police detained Ashgabat-based journalist Soltan Achilova on May 9, 2018, according to her employer, the Turkmen service of the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), locally known as Azatlyk.

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Police detain protesters while the National Guard removes a camp near the parliament building in Kiev on March 3. At least two journalists were injured while covering the unrest. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

In Ukraine, at least two journalists injured at Kiev protest

New York, March 5, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ukrainian authorities to investigate claims that police attacked journalists covering a protest in Kiev, and to ensure the safety of the press. At least two journalists were injured in Kiev on March 3 when police dispersed a protest camp outside parliament, where activists…

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Workers set up street decorations in front of the national flag in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in September 2017. Kyrgyz authorities charged freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova with seeking and disclosing confidential commercial information following the publication last fall of investigative reports on the allegedly corrupt sale of government property near the capital Bishkek, the independent online news site 24.kg reported. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Kyrgyz journalist charged, put under travel ban following investigative report

New York, February 13, 2018–Kyrgyz authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Elnura Alkanova, lift her travel ban, and allow her to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Pakistan's cricket fans wave a national flag in Karachi, Pakistan on June 20, 2017. Pakistan's interior ministry ordered he Interior Ministry on January 19, 2018 ordered the Pashto-language service of U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Mashaal, to close immediately. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

Pakistan orders closure of US-funded Radio Mashaal office in Islamabad

New York, January 19, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani authorities to immediately reverse the order issued to close the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, the Pashto-language service of U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

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Cars drive in front of the building housing Russia's State Duma. The lower house voted in January to approve a bill that will require some journalists to register as foreign agents. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

Russia votes on bill to require journalists to register as foreign agents

Kiev, January 16, 2018–Russia’s State Duma should drop a bill that would require some bloggers and journalists to register as foreign agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Duma on January 12 voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

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People stand outside Russia's Justice Ministry on December 4, 2017. Moscow has designated nine U.S. government-funded outlets to register as foreign agents. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Russia designates nine U.S.-funded news outlets as foreign agents

New York, December 5, 2017–Russia’s Justice Ministry announced today that it has designated nine U.S. government-funded press outlets as “foreign agents,” under a newly expanded law, according to reports. The ministry named the outlets as the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven of its affiliates, and Voice of America. Under the law, outlets…

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Azerbaijan government seeks order to permanently block news websites

New York, April 28, 2017–The Azerbaijani government should immediately stop trying to permanently block access to five independent media outlets’ websites and should instead lift a decree that has rendered them currently inaccessible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the capital Baku yesterday began hearing a government lawsuit that seeks…

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Belarusian police detain a man at a March 25, 2017, protest in Minsk. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

New York, April 12, 2017–Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists for covering protests and should allow the news media to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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President Almazbek Atambayev, pictured at a press conference in 2013. In recent weeks, the Kyrgyz leader verbally assaulted several critical journalists during a speech to foreign ambassadors. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseldko)

In pivotal election year Kyrgyz media face verbal assaults from president and legal action

In Kyrgyzstan, once Central Asia’s most liberal country, President Almazbek Atambayev is tightening his grip on critical voices, including independent journalists and foreign media.

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Belarusians protest in the eastern city of Bobruisk, March 12, 2017. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Dozens of journalists obstructed from covering Belarus protests

New York, March 23, 2017 – Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists prosecuted for covering a wave of nationwide protests and should cease interfering with journalists doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces have detained or otherwise obstructed at least 32 journalists in an effort to censor…

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