Europe & Central Asia

2005

Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Amid unrest, Uzbek authorities continue obstructing journalists

New York, May 16, 2005—Uzbek authorities maintained a virtual blockade today on news coverage of civil unrest in the northeastern city of Andijan, expelling journalists from the town and obstructing foreign television news broadcasts. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the moves and called on President Islam Karimov to end the obstruction and harassment of reporters covering the crisis.
May 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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May 16, 2005

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May 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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Case   |   Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN

MAY 14, 2005
Posted: May 17, 2005

Dmitry Yasminov, Ren TV
Vikrot Muzalevsky, Ren TV

HARASSED

Uzbek authorities detained and expelled journalists covering civil unrest in the northeastern city of Andijan.
May 14, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN

MAY 13, 2005
Posted: May 17, 2005

CNN, BBC, and NTV

CENSORED
Ferghana.ru, Lenta.ru, and Gazeta.ru
CENSORED
Didor Radio
CENSORED
May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Case   |   Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN

MAY 13, 2005
Posted: May 17, 2005

Shamil Baygin, Reuters
Galima Bukharbayeva, Institute for War and Peace Reporting

HARASSED

Uzbek authorities detained and expelled journalists covering civil unrest in the northeastern city of Andijan.
May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Officials block news outlets amid massive protests

New York, May 13, 2005—Uzbek authorities shuttered several foreign and domestic media outlets today during massive anti-government protests in the northeastern city of Andijan, leaving citizens without access to independent news about the unrest, according to local and international press reports.

Authorities blocked access to the foreign television channels CNN, BBC, and Moscow-based NTV at noon after 4,000 protesters stormed a prison in Andijan, freed up to 2,000 inmates, and seized the city administration building earlier in the day, according to press reports.
May 13, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Latvian TV crew detained, harassed

New York, May 12, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention and harassment this week of a Latvian television crew by local police and federal agents in Pytalovo, a district on the Latvia-Russia border.

Reporter Ivo Kirsblats, cameraman Maris Jurgensons, and driver Eriks Pakalns of the Riga-based Latvian public television LTV were detained for three hours on the morning of May 9 at the Pytalovo police station. Police forced them to destroy video footage and to leave the country by 6 p.m. that day, Kirsblats told CPJ in a telephone interview yesterday.
May 12, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Letters   |   Uzbekistan

CPJ protests ministry's harassment of foreign correspondent

Dear Mr. Ganiev: The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly dismayed by your ministry's repeated and unfair denial of press accreditation to Marina Kozlova, Tashkent correspondent for United Press International (UPI).

May 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Information Ministry orders closure of opposition weekly

New York, May 10, 2005 – CPJ condemns the closure of the leading opposition weekly Respublika Delovoye Obozreniye (Republic Business Review) by The Kazakh Culture, Information, and Sports Ministry.

Last Thursday in Almaty, Kazakhstan's financial capital, Galina Dyrdina, the weekly's deputy editor told a press conference that editorial staff will not publish the paper's next issue but will appeal the May 4 closure order in court. The order contained no explanation of the reasons behind the closure, the weekly's staff said.
May 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Russia

RUSSIA

MAY 9, 2005
Posted: May 17, 2005

Ivo Kirsblats, LTV
Maris Jurgensons, LTV

LEGAL ACTION, CENSORED

The Latvian television crew members were detained by local police and federal agents in Pytalovo, a district on the Latvia-Russia border.
May 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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