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Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova ordered released on suspended sentence

New York, May 25, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved at the Azerbaijani Supreme Court's decision today to free investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, who had been imprisoned on trumped-up charges since December 2014. The court converted Ismayilova's jail term into a three-and-a half-year suspended term, Reuters reported.

May 25, 2016 8:52 AM ET

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Letters   |   Ukraine

CPJ urges Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to condemn threats to journalists

CPJ urges the Ukrainian president to condemn and investigate threats to journalists who have worked in eastern Ukraine.

May 24, 2016 2:16 PM ET

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Blog   |   Gambia, Iraq, Russia, USA

Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

The funeral of Sergei Magnitsky is held in Moscow on November 20, 2009. The lawyer died in state custody after exposing official corruption. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to offer partial redress to one of the most chilling truths facing journalists today: in 90 percent of cases, the murders of journalists go unpunished.

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan court sentences journalist to jail over reports on bank

New York, May 23, 2016--A Kazakhstan court today convicted and sentenced Guzyal Baydalinova, the editor of the independent news website Nakanune, to a year and a half in prison for deliberately distributing false information, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the verdict and calls for Baydalinova's immediate release.

May 23, 2016 6:25 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 22

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Binali Yildirim, the new head of the ruling Justice and Development Party, pose for cameras at the presidential palace in Ankara, May 22, 2016. (Presidential Pool/AP)

Court acquits biographer of insulting Erdoğan
Istanbul's Second Penal Court of First Instance today acquitted Mustafa Hoş, a journalist with the news website Gazeteport, of charges he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his unauthorized biography of the president, Big Boss, Hoş wrote on Twitter. Hasan Yeşildağ, a friend of Erdoğan, had brought the case against him, Hoş wrote, noting that Erdoğan's lawyers have brought four other cases against him on charges of insulting the president, and that those case are still open.

[May 24, 2016]

Alerts   |   Turkey

Turkish High Court denies journalist's petition for release from pretrial detention

Istanbul, May 18, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision made Tuesday by Turkey's Constitutional Court to reject a petition for release by journalist Mehmet Baransu, who has been held in pretrial detention since March 2015 on charges of obtaining classified documents.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 15

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks to local officials at the presidential palace in Ankara, May 4, 2016. (Adem Altan/AFP)

Veteran columnist pleads 'not guilty' to charges of insulting Erdoğan
Veteran journalist Hasan Cemal, a columnist for the news website T24 and a founder of the news website P24, today pleaded not guilty to charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at Istanbul's 12th Criminal Court of First Instance, T24 reported.

Blog   |   Hungary

UN review of Hungary shows country 'treats human rights as a public enemy'

Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, talks to the press outside the EU leaders' summit in March. The country's poor press freedom record and policies on asylum seekers have been criticized by the U.N. (AFP/John Thys)

On May 9, a stern review of Hungary's conduct in human rights issues and press freedom was released at the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report, drafted by the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, listed concerns from U.N. member states about the controversial policies of Viktor Orbán's government on asylum seekers and hate speech, as well as the poor state of press freedom.

Statements   |   Russia

Russia censors Crimean news website

New York, May 12, 2016 -- Authorities in Russia should stop censoring the website of Krym.Realii, the Crimean service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Ukraine

Hackers, lawmaker put reporters at risk in Ukraine

New York, May 11, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the publication of the personal details of thousands of journalists and media workers who have reported from eastern Ukraine. CPJ also denounced a member of the Ukrainian parliament's praise for that action.

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