Europe & Central Asia

2011

Alerts   |   Russia

Retired police official charged in Politkovskaya murder

Pavlyuchenkov in a Moscow court. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)
New York, September 2, 2011--Russia's Investigative Committee brought charges today against retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov in connection with the 2006 murder of renowned investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, and named convicted criminal Lom-Ali Gaitukayev as an organizer of the slaying.

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Gongadze suspect admits to killing, implicates Kuchma

Kuchma, under indictment, denies involvement in the Gongadze slaying. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

New York, August 31, 2011--A former general with the Ukrainian Interior Ministry testified in a Kyiv court on Tuesday that he killed journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000 in a plot orchestrated by former President Leonid Kuchma and other top officials, according to news reports and CPJ interviews.

August 31, 2011 6:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   Spain

In Spain, police violence against press sparks concern

Recent demonstrations lead to several cases of anti-press violence by police. Here, a 15-M protest in Madrid. (Reuters/Sergio Perez)

Spanish press associations have expressed concern about recent episodes of police violence against journalists covering demonstrations against Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Madrid and protests staged as part of the anti-corruption 15-M movement.

August 28, 2011 4:48 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

In Russia, new suspect detained in Politkovskaya's slaying

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New York, August 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the detention of a new suspect in the murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, left, who was shot in her apartment building in 2006.

The suspect, retired Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, is said to have formed a criminal group tasked with killing her, and the journalist's colleagues hope he can help lead to the mastermind of the slaying.

Letters   |   UK

UK must not undermine news media

Dear Prime Minister Cameron: The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the steps to curb recent riots in the United Kingdom that are under consideration by your government. These measures would set alarming precedents that hinder press freedom and the free flow of information.

August 17, 2011 4:38 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Tajikistan

BBC journalist goes on trial in Tajikistan

New York, August 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tajik prosecutors to drop the fabricated extremism charges against Urinboy Usmonov, the BBC World Service correspondent in Tajikistan, and acquit him.

August 17, 2011 4:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ukraine

Gongadze murder suspect's trial should be open to public

New York, August 16, 2011--The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv must open to the public the ongoing trial against Aleksei Pukach, a former interior ministry general charged with the notorious 2000 killing of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. 

August 16, 2011 4:11 PM ET

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Statements   |   UK

CPJ condemns U.K. calls for riot footage and restrictions

New York, August 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's statement calling for broadcasters to immediately provide unedited footage and for measures restricting social networking as a means to stem ongoing riots in the country.

August 11, 2011 5:43 PM ET

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Blog   |   UK

Easy targets, journalists under direct fire in the UK

A photographer holds his head after he was attacked by protesters in east London on Monday. (AP/Karel Prinsloo)

The safety advisories sent out by the International News Safety Institute on Tuesday said it all: "Bring a mobile phone with emergency numbers pre-set for speed dialling; bring eye protection such as swimming goggles; carry first-aid kits and know how to use them; wear loose, natural-fabric clothing as it will not burn as readily as synthetics; and remember there is always the possibility of gasoline bombs being detonated."

Statements   |   UK

CPJ concerned by attacks on journalists in London

The Committee to Protect Journalists is aggrieved by reports that journalists covering the riots in London and other cities are being attacked.

August 9, 2011 12:26 PM ET

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