Europe & Central Asia


Alerts   |   Belarus

Court declares missing journalist dead

New York, December 2, 2003—Last week, a district court in the Belarus' capital, Minsk, declared journalist Dmitry Zavadsky officially dead. Zavadsky, a 29-year-old cameraman for the Russian public television network ORT, disappeared in July 2000.

According to local press reports, the cameraman's widow, Svetlana Zavadskaya, initiated the judicial process in October 2003. Zavadsky's body was never recovered following his abduction.
December 2, 2003 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

Court releases imprisoned journalist

New York, November 13, 2003—The Chelyabinsk Regional Court today amended the sentence of imprisoned journalist German Galkin from one year in jail to one year of probation, according to local press reports. Authorities immediately released Galkin from prison in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk.

Galkin, publisher of Rabochaya Gazeta and deputy chief editor of Vecherny Chelyabinsk, was convicted of criminal defamation on August 15 for allegedly libeling and insulting two deputy governors in his publications. He was sentenced to one year in a labor camp. Galkin’s defense team appealed the conviction but on October 7, the Kalininsky District Court in Chelyabinsk upheld the journalist’s conviction.
November 13, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Supreme Court upholdsacquittal of journalists on state secrets charge

New York, November 10, 2003—Russia’s Supreme Court upheld the acquittal last week of two journalists from the Perm-based independent newspaper Zvezda who were charged with revealing state secrets.

Yuri Shmidt, the journalists’ lawyer, said that the district court’s ruling was so strongly supportive of the journalists that it would have been impossible for the Supreme Court to overturn it.

November 10, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Constitutional Court abolishes part of restrictive election law

New York, October 30, 2003—Russia’s Constitutional Court today struck down part of a law that sought to strengthen state regulation over independent media outlets, particularly coverage of election campaigns.

According to local and international press reports, the court ruled that a sub-section of Article 48 of the law “On Fundamental Guarantees of Voters Rights” is unconstitutional because it could be used to restrict freedom of expression during election campaigning.
October 30, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Letters   |   Russia

CPJ concerned about investigation into journalist's murder

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the investigation into the October 9 murder of Aleksei Sidorov, editor-in-chief of the independent daily Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye. We believe that investigators have prematurely determined that the crime was unrelated to Sidorov's journalistic work.

October 21, 2003 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Police crackdown on media amid presidential elections

New York, October 17, 2003—Police and security forces attacked and wounded dozens of journalists covering two opposition rallies held in the Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.

According to local and international press reports, the Musavat Party organized several rallies to protest the outcome of presidential elections held on Wednesday, October 15.
October 17, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Bolivia, Chile, Georgia

Ataques y amenazas contra medios y periodistas, mientras la crisis política se intensifica

Nueva York, 17 de octubre del 2003--El Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) está sumamente alarmado por los ataques y amenazas contra medios de prensa y periodistas esta semana durante las masivas protestas antigubernamentales que amenazan con derrocar al gobierno boliviano.

El miércoles 15 de octubre, atacantes no identificados volaron los equipos de transmisión del Canal 13 de televisión y de la radioemisora católica Radio Pío XII, ambos con sede en la ciudad de Oruro, lo que los obligó a salir del aire. De acuerdo con el periodista de Radio Pío XII Grover Alejandro, cerca de las 6 p.m. varios oyentes comenzaron a llamar a la radioemisora para informar que se había caído la señal del Canal 13, el que había estado bajando de forma intermitente la señal de Radio Pío XII.
October 17, 2003 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia


New York, October 10, 2003—Aleksei Sidorov, the editor-in-chief of the independent daily Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye, was murdered yesterday in Togliatti, a city situated on the Volga River 600 miles (960 kilometers) east of Moscow.

Sidorov is the second editor-in-chief of Tolyatinskoye Obozreniye to be murdered in the last 18 months. His predecessor, Valery Ivanov, was shot at point-blank range in April 2002.
October 10, 2003 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

Two journalists die in car accident while on assignment

New York, October 7, 2003—CPJ mourns the loss of a television crew and their driver from the national state broadcaster Channel One, who died in a car accident in the Siberian region of Tyumen while on assignment.

Channel One journalist Natalia Astafyeva, cameraman Sergei Isakov, and driver Yuri Selyanov died on Saturday when their car collided with a truck on the Tyumen-Khanty Mansiik highway.

They were returning from Nizhnevartovsk, where they were shooting a piece on the daily life of local ethnic groups in the Khanty Mansiisk Autonomous District.
October 7, 2003 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Federal court upholds journalist's conviction

New York, October 7, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disappointed that the Kalininsky District Court, in the city of Chelyabinsk, today upheld journalist German Galkin's conviction on criminal defamation charges and sentence of one year in a labor camp.

On August 15, Galkin was convicted of criminal defamation following a trial that was closed to the public. The court sentenced Galkin to one year in a labor camp for allegedly libeling and insulting two deputy governors of the Chelyabinsk Region, Andrei Kosilov and Konstantin Bochkaryov, who report to Chelyabinsk's pro-Communist governor, Pyotr Sumin.
October 7, 2003 12:00 PM ET


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