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Alerts   |   Russia, Ukraine

Crimean journalist faces trial on separatism charges

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov (left), and then-Sevastopol Acting Governor Dmitry Ovsyannikov, take part in a video conference in Moscow, December 27, 2016. (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters)

New York, February 16, 2017--Authorities in Crimea should immediately drop all charges against Mykola (Nikolai) Semena and allow the journalist to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A preliminary hearing in Semena's trial on charges of separatism is scheduled for tomorrow, according to his employer.

February 16, 2017 4:09 PM ET

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Blog   |   Belgium

CPJ calls for OSCE to swiftly fill press freedom representative vacancy

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined seven other press freedom organizations in calling on the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to swiftly appoint a new representative on Freedom of the Media. The incumbent representative, Dunja Mijatović, has been an outspoken defender of press freedom, but she is scheduled to leave office in one month. Details of a successor have not been announced.

February 16, 2017 10:04 AM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 12

A court on February 14, 2017, handed columnist Hasan Cemal, seen here at a colleague's funeral in Istanbul on October 30, 2015, a suspended sentence of one year and three months in prison on charges of propagandizing for a terrorist group in one of his columns.

Publisher closes magazine for cartoon lampooning Moses
The publisher of the cartoon magazine GırGır announced today that he was closing down the magazine after its publication of a cartoon depicting Moses irritating his followers wandering in the desert by talking too much and bragging about parting the Red Sea sparked outrage on social media, including from the president's office, news website T24 reported.

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Editor arrested in Kazakhstan

New York, February 13, 2017--Kazakh authorities should immediately release Zhanbolat Mamay, editor of the independent newspaper Sayasi kalam/Tribuna, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mamay, an outspoken government critic, in the capital Almaty on February 10, on suspicion of money laundering, Kazakh and regional media reported.

February 13, 2017 4:31 PM ET

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Case   |   Malta

Court freezes Maltese blogger's bank accounts on libel accusations

A court in Malta on February 8, 2017, ordered blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia's bank accounts frozen after two government officials filed a libel case against her and demanded 47,000 euros in damages.

February 10, 2017 2:37 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

Ukraine police see journalism as motive in Pavel Sheremet's murder

Flowers and a portrait of Pavel Sheremet mark the site of the journalist's murder in Kiev, July 20, 2016. (Sergei Chusavkov/AP)

New York, February 8, 2017--Ukrainian investigators' announcement today that they consider Pavel Sheremet's journalism as the most likely motive in his July 2016 murder is a welcome step toward bringing his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told journalists in Kiev that police believe Sheremet, who wrote for the independent news website Ukrayinska Pravda, was killed in retaliation for his work.

February 8, 2017 12:48 PM ET

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Statements   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

A woman takes a photograph in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, April 7, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies.

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chairs a meeting of the National Security Council in Ankara, January 31, 2017. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

German court upholds partial ban on poem satirizing Erdoğan
A court in the German city of Hamburg today upheld a previous court's ban on comedian Jan Böhmermann's reciting 18 of 24 verses of a poem satirizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the comedian recited on television last year, according to press reports. Erdoğan pressed insult charges against the comedian.

[February 10, 2017]

Statements   |   Ukraine

British photographer wounded in eastern Ukraine

New York, February 3, 2017--British freelance photographer Christopher Nunn was injured last night while covering shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdiivka, according to press reports. "I am alive," the photographer wrote on Twitter after the incident. His translator Vladimir Subotovsky told CPJ today that Nunn was in stable condition after undergoing eye surgery.

February 3, 2017 3:50 PM ET

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Case   |   Ukraine

Journalist injured in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine

A woman stands in the rubble of her apartment, which was damaged by shelling, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, February 1, 2017. (Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

At least one journalist was injured in renewed fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on January 31, according to his employer.

February 1, 2017 10:16 AM ET

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