Europe & Central Asia

2005

Letters   |   Russia

CPJ urges Bush to highlight Russian press abuses in Putin summit

Dear President Bush: The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned about the dramatic decline in press freedom under Russian President Vladimir Putin's tenure, including a recent surge in new media restrictions spearheaded by the Kremlin and its allies.

February 20, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Journalist's deportation delayed

New York, February 16, 2005—A journalist ordered deported by the Russian security service was allowed to stay in Russia temporarily because officials in the passport office told him they could find no legal basis to expel him.

Yuri Bagrov, who has covered the North Caucasus for The Associated Press and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), was summoned to the Interior Ministry's Passport and Visa Service in the North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz this morning.
February 16, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

CPJ concerned about journalist's pending deportation

New York, February 15, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed that the Russian government is planning to deport Yuri Bagrov, a journalist who has covered the North Caucasus for The Associated Press and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in retaliation for his independent reporting on the war in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.

An official from the Interior Ministry's Passport and Visa Service in the North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz came to Bagrov's office today and summoned him to the passport office tomorrow morning to be informed of his pending deportation, Bagrov said in a telephone interview with CPJ today.
February 15, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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CPJ Update

CPJ Update
February 15, 2005

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Croatia

Journalists demand inquiry into alleged abuses by security agency

New York, February 10, 2005—Five independent Croatian journalists filed a petition on Monday requesting that the government investigate allegations that the Counter-Intelligence Agency (POA) tried to discredit them after they reported on sensitive war crimes issues, according to local and international press reports.

The journalists called for an inquiry after the February 4 edition of the independent Zagreb weekly magazine Globus published a POA document titled "Information on intelligence-media manipulation," which accused the journalists of working for foreign security services in order to discredit the government and impede integration with the European Union.
February 10, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Authorities issue warning to newspaper over Chechnya interview

New York, February 9, 2005—Federal authorities in Moscow have issued an official warning to the independent Moscow daily Kommersant for publishing a February 7 interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, according to local and international press reports.

The Federal Service for Oversight of Compliance with Media Laws issued the warning Tuesday under the Media Law and the Law Against Extremist Activities, which bans the distribution of information that supports "extremist activities," according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
February 9, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Russia

RUSSIA

FEBRUARY 8, 2005
Posted: February 10, 2005

KommersantHARASSED

Federal authorities in Moscow issued an official warning to the independent Moscow daily Kommersant for publishing a February 7 interview with Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, according to local and international press reports.

February 8, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Georgia

Asesinan a periodista televisivo

Bogotá, 5 de febrero de 2005--El Comité para la Protección de Periodistas (CPJ, por sus siglas en inglés) investiga el asesinato de Oscar Alberto Polanco Herrera, periodista televisivo que fue ultimado a balazos el día de ayer, 4 de febrero, en la ciudad de Cartago, departamento de Valle del Cauca, unos 200 kilómetros al suroeste de la capital, Bogotá.

Las autoridades manifestaron que Polanco Herrera, director del noticiero local «CNC Noticias» transmitido por Cable Unión de Occidente, recibió tres disparos por parte de dos pistoleros que se desplazaban en motocicletas cuando se hallaba en el estacionamiento de su oficina a la una de la tarde. El coronel de la Policía Jairo Salcedo indicó que las autoridades no tienen información sobre los pistoleros o los posibles móviles del crimen.
February 5, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Case   |   Croatia

CROATIA

FEBRUARY 4, 2005
Posted: March 14, 2005

Gordan Malic, GlobusIvica Djikic, Feral Tribune
Marijo Kavain, Jutarnji Listi
Ivanka Toma, Jutarnji Listi
Zeljko Peratovic, Vjesnik

February 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Journalist abducted, threatened by military officers

New York, February 3, 2005—Akrep Hasanov, an Azerbaijani journalist with the independent weekly Monitor in the capital, Baku, was abducted by military officers and held in detention for five hours, Hasanov told CPJ. The journalist says he was detained in retaliation for writing an article about abuses and mismanagement in an Azerbaijani military unit.

On Tuesday, February 1, Hasanov received a phone call from a man who introduced himself as a teacher who had evidence of abuses in a Baku school. The man offered to meet Hasanov the next day at noon to talk and give him the documents. When Hasanov arrived at the appointment near a Baku subway station, two men in plainclothes grabbed him and took him by foot to the nearby military headquarters in Baku's Old City, Hasanov told CPJ.
February 3, 2005 12:00 PM ET

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