Europe & Central Asia

2005

Alerts   |   Croatia

Journalists demand inquiry into alleged abuses by security agency

New York, February 10, 2005—Five independent Croatian journalists filed a petition on Monday requesting that the government investigate allegations that the Counter-Intelligence Agency (POA) tried to discredit them after they reported on sensitive war crimes issues, according to local and international press reports.

The journalists called for an inquiry after the February 4 edition of the independent Zagreb weekly magazine Globus published a POA document titled "Information on intelligence-media manipulation," which accused the journalists of working for foreign security services in order to discredit the government and impede integration with the European Union.
February 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Authorities issue warning to newspaper over Chechnya interview

New York, February 9, 2005—Federal authorities in Moscow have issued an official warning to the independent Moscow daily Kommersant for publishing a February 7 interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, according to local and international press reports.

The Federal Service for Oversight of Compliance with Media Laws issued the warning Tuesday under the Media Law and the Law Against Extremist Activities, which bans the distribution of information that supports "extremist activities," according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
February 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Russia

RUSSIA

FEBRUARY 8, 2005
Posted: February 10, 2005

KommersantHARASSED

Federal authorities in Moscow issued an official warning to the independent Moscow daily Kommersant for publishing a February 7 interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, according to local and international press reports.

February 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Georgia

Asesinan a periodista televisivo

Bogotá, 5 de febrero de 2005--El Comité para la Protección de Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) investiga el asesinato de Oscar Alberto Polanco Herrera, periodista televisivo que fue ultimado a balazos el día de ayer, 4 de febrero, en la ciudad de Cartago, departamento de Valle del Cauca, unos 200 kilómetros al suroeste de la capital, Bogotá.

Las autoridades manifestaron que Polanco Herrera, director del noticiero local «CNC Noticias» transmitido por Cable Unión de Occidente, recibió tres disparos por parte de dos pistoleros que se desplazaban en motocicletas cuando se hallaba en el estacionamiento de su oficina a la una de la tarde. El coronel de la Policía Jairo Salcedo indicó que las autoridades no tienen información sobre los pistoleros o los posibles móviles del crimen.
February 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Case   |   Croatia

CROATIA

FEBRUARY 4, 2005
Posted: March 14, 2005

Gordan Malic, GlobusIvica Djikic, Feral Tribune
Marijo Kavain, Jutarnji Listi
Ivanka Toma, Jutarnji Listi
Zeljko Peratovic, Vjesnik

February 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Journalist abducted, threatened by military officers

New York, February 3, 2005—Akrep Hasanov, an Azerbaijani journalist with the independent weekly Monitor in the capital, Baku, was abducted by military officers and held in detention for five hours, Hasanov told CPJ. The journalist says he was detained in retaliation for writing an article about abuses and mismanagement in an Azerbaijani military unit.

On Tuesday, February 1, Hasanov received a phone call from a man who introduced himself as a teacher who had evidence of abuses in a Baku school. The man offered to meet Hasanov the next day at noon to talk and give him the documents. When Hasanov arrived at the appointment near a Baku subway station, two men in plainclothes grabbed him and took him by foot to the nearby military headquarters in Baku's Old City, Hasanov told CPJ.
February 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Dangerous Assignments   |   Burma, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Georgia

Journalists in prison in 2004: Four nations stand out

New York, February 3, 2005--Four countries with long records of press repression--China, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma--account for more than three-quarters of the journalists imprisoned around the world, a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found.

February 3, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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Case   |   Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN

FEBRUARY 2, 2005
Posted: February 4, 2005

Akrep Hasanov, Monitor

HARASSED, THREATENED

Hasanov, an Azerbaijani journalist with the independent weekly Monitor in the capital, Baku, was abducted by military officers and held in detention for five hours, Hasanov told CPJ. The journalist says he was detained in retaliation for writing an article about abuses and mismanagement in an Azerbaijani military unit.
February 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Letters   |   Ukraine

CPJ urges vigorous investigations, reforms

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by your stated commitment to improve the poor press freedom climate in Ukraine. There is much to be remedied--and many benefits to be gained--as your administration ushers in what is widely hoped to be a new democratic era.

January 31, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

CPJ disturbed that journalist's appeal denied

New York, January 21, 2005—The Supreme Court of the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia upheld on Wednesday, January 19, the conviction of Yuri Bagrov on criminal charges of using forged documents to obtain Russian citizenship. The court also fined him 15,000 rubles (US$530).

"We are very concerned that the harassment and prosecution of Bagrov comes in retaliation for his independent reporting on the conflict in Chechnya," CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said. "We call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure that local authorities protect Bagrov, allow him to continue working as a journalist, and ensure that the charges against him are not politically motivated."
January 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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