Europe & Central Asia


Case   |   Azerbaijan


FEBRUARY 2, 2005
Posted: February 4, 2005

Akrep Hasanov, Monitor


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.
February 2, 2005 12:00 PM ET


Letters   |   Ukraine

CPJ urges vigorous investigations, reforms

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by your stated commitment to improve the poor press freedom climate in Ukraine. There is much to be remedied--and many benefits to be gained--as your administration ushers in what is widely hoped to be a new democratic era.

January 31, 2005 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Russia

CPJ disturbed that journalist's appeal denied

New York, January 21, 2005—The Supreme Court of the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia upheld on Wednesday, January 19, the conviction of Yuri Bagrov on criminal charges of using forged documents to obtain Russian citizenship. The court also fined him 15,000 rubles (US$530).

"We are very concerned that the harassment and prosecution of Bagrov comes in retaliation for his independent reporting on the conflict in Chechnya," CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said. "We call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure that local authorities protect Bagrov, allow him to continue working as a journalist, and ensure that the charges against him are not politically motivated."
January 21, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Algeria, Bosnia, Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Russia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

CPJ Update

CPJ Update
January 14, 2005

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM ET


Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Russia, Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe

CPJ Update

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November 16, 2005

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January 10, 2005 4:02 PM ET


Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Assets of opposition newspaper frozen

New York, January 7, 2005—The independent Azerbaijani opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat ceased publication indefinitely on December 31, 2004, because a court froze the paperís assets and bank account after ordering it to pay hefty libel damages to several government officials.

The damages, which total nearly 800 million manats (US$160,000), stem from seven different defamation lawsuits launched mainly by government officials against the paper between 2000 and 2003. The court froze the paperís assets on November 15, 2004. Qabil Abbasoglu, Yeni Musavatís acting editor-in-chief, told CPJ it is unclear when or whether the paper will be able to resume publication.
January 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

CPJ disturbed by ruling that Russian newspaper must pay millions

New York, January 4, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by a Moscow court’s finding that Kommersant, Russia’s leading independent business daily, must pay millions in damages for a July article that described long lines of customers withdrawing money at a major bank.

An appellate court ruled last week that Kommersant (Businessman) must pay plaintiff Alfa-Bank 300 million rubles (US$10.8 million) in damages for allegedly causing the bank financial problems by publishing the article, according to local press reports. News accounts described the ruling as unprecedented in its severity.
January 4, 2005 12:00 PM ET


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