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Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov in court in Novokubansk just before he was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison on charges of spreading "fake news" in connection with the Ukraine war on September 29, 2023.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for ‘fake news’ about army

New York, October 2, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday condemned the 8.5-year sentence issued to Russian blogger Aleksandr Nozdrinov and called on Russian authorities to release him immediately and drop all charges against him. On Friday, September 29, a court in the southwestern city of Novokubansk convicted Nozdrinov on charges of spreading false…

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Belarusian court sentences journalist Vyacheslau Lazarau to 5.5 years on extremism charges

New York, September 25, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Belarusian court’s Monday sentencing of journalist Vyacheslau Lazarau to 5.5 years in prison for allegedly facilitating extremism. “Vyacheslau Lazarau’s sentencing to 5.5 years in prison demonstrates how the country’s ‘extremist’ laws have become the most frequent tool the Belarusian authorities use to jail journalists…

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CPJ condemns jail sentence for head of Hong Kong journalists’ group Ronson Chan

Taipei, September 25, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Hong Kong court’s decision on Monday to sentence Ronson Chan, head of the city’s largest journalists’ group, to 5 days in prison on charges of obstructing a police officer. “The 5-day sentence issued to journalist Ronson Chan is another deliberate humiliation to the freedom of the…

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Russian journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev sentenced to 17 years on terrorism charges

New York, September 12, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Tuesday 17-year sentence issued to Russian journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the religion editor of independent outlet Chernovik. “CPJ is appalled by the 17-year prison sentence for Russian journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, who has already spent four years in jail on trumped-up charges in retaliation for his…

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Russian court sentences journalist Mikhail Afanasyev to 5.5 years in prison for ‘fake news’ about army 

New York, September 7, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Russian court’s sentencing of Mikhail Afanasyev, founder and publisher of online magazine Novy Fokus, to 5.5 years imprisonment for allegedly using his position to spread false information about the Russian army.  The Abakan court on Thursday also banned Afanasyev from working as a journalist,…

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Myanmar Now photojournalist Sai Zaw Thaike sentenced to 20 years in prison on multiple charges

Bangkok, September 6, 2023—Myanmar authorities should release photojournalist Sai Zaw Thaike and stop imprisoning members of the press for doing their jobs, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Wednesday, September 6, a military tribunal in Yangon’s Insein Prison sentenced Sai Zaw Thaike to 20 years in prison with hard labor on various charges,…

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Belarusian court sentences journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison

New York, August 31, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Belarusian court’s sentencing of journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison for allegedly discrediting the country and facilitating extremism. “By sentencing journalist Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison, Belarusian authorities are once again demonstrating their vindictiveness towards those who reported independently on…

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Two exiled Russian journalists sentenced to 11 years for disseminating ‘fake’ news on Ukraine war

New York, August 31, 2023—Russian authorities should not contest the appeals of exiled journalists Ruslan Leviev and Michael Nacke and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Tuesday, August 29, the Basmanny Court in Moscow sentenced Leviev, founder of the Russian independent investigative project Conflict Intelligence Team, and Nacke,…

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Algerian journalist Mustapha Bendjama sentenced to 2 years in prison

New York, August 29, 2023—The Committee to Protect journalists condemns the two-year prison sentence issued to Algerian journalist Mustapha Bendjama on Tuesday, August 29. “An Algerian court’s decision to sentence journalist and press freedom advocate Mustapha Bendjama to two years in prison is deeply cruel and constitutes an attack on free speech throughout the country,”…

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CPJ condemns 8-year sentence for Nicaraguan journalist Victor Ticay

Guatemala City, August 17, 2023 – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday condemned the eight-year prison sentence issued to Nicaraguan journalist Victor Ticay and called for his immediate release from prison. “Nicaraguan authorities’ sentencing of journalist Victor Ticay to eight years in prison is another example of the government’s complete lack of tolerance for…

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