Europe & Central Asia


Case   |   Serbia

MONTENEGRO: Editor attacked outside home

October 24, 2006
Posted December 27, 2006

Jevrem Brkovic, Crnogorski Knjizevni List

Brkovic, editor-in-chief of the pro-government newspaper Crnogorski Knjizevni List (Montenegrin Literary Journal), was attacked by three masked men outside his home in the capital Podgorica. The attackers fatally shot the editor’s driver Srdjan Vojicic, according to the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN.
December 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan, reporter beaten as attacks on newspaper continue

New York, December 26, 2006—Four unidentified men severely beat Nijat Huseynov, a reporter for the Baku-based opposition daily Azadlyg, on Monday morning, according to local and international press reports.

Huseynov told the Turan news agency that he had received anonymous threatening phone calls recently. The callers made reference to Huseynov's work but did not cite a particular article, he told Turan. The journalist had recently covered alleged corruption among high-ranking government officials.
December 26, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Appeals court refuses to hear Zakhidov defense witnesses

New York, December 7, 2006—The Azerbaijan Court of Appeals should reverse a ruling excluding defense witnesses in the appeal of Sakit Zakhidov and release the ailing journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today .

The court ruled Monday not to hear witnesses for the defense or further investigate the case against Zakhidov, a prominent reporter and satirist for the Baku daily opposition newspaper Azadlyg. Judge Latif Nabiyev gave no reason for his ruling, according to CPJ sources. The appeal is due to be heard December 15, according to the independent Russian online newspaper Kavkazsky Uzel.
December 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Russia

Investigative reporter attacked and robbed of story notes

December 5, 2006
Posted December 12, 2006

Eduard Kitashov, Chelovek i Zakon


An unidentified assailant knocked Kitashov unconscious in Moscow and robbed him of his notes for a story on an attempted corporate takeover in the southern Russian industrial city of Togliatti. The assailant took Kitashov’s briefcase containing a tape recorder and reporting materials but left a mobile phone, money and other valuables, according to local press reports.
December 5, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Colleagues of Anna Politkovskaya receive death threats

New York, November 28, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by death threats against two colleagues of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

The independent Moscow newspaper Novaya Gazeta said in a statement yesterday that two of its leading journalists received anonymous death threats on November 24.

Deputy Editor Sergei Sokolov told the independent radio station Ekho Moskvy that publicizing the threats was the best way to protect journalists. But the semiweekly, citing concerns about the safety of its journalists, did not name those threatened or comment further.
November 28, 2006 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Netherlands

NETHERLANDS: Two journalists jailed for not revealing sources

November 27, 2006
Posted December 13, 2006

Bart Mos,
De Telegraaf
Joost de Haas,
De Telegraaf

An investigating judge in The Hague ordered the detention of Mos and de Haas for not revealing the identity of sources for a story they wrote for the Amsterdam-based independent daily De Telegraaf. On January 21, Mos and de Haas published the first in a series of articles about alleged access of the local mafia to classified files of the Dutch intelligence service, De Telegraaf editor Schell Paradigs told CPJ.
November 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Government cracks down on independent and opposition media

New York, November 27, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the government closure of Azerbaijan’s oldest independent radio and television broadcaster, and the harassment of independent and opposition print media.

Authorities sealed facilities and confiscated broadcast equipment on November 24 of the Azerbaijan News Service (ANS), local media reported. The closure of the Baku-based outlet effectively took foreign radio programming off the air for most Azerbaijanis. ANS, a popular broadcaster set up in 1991, had rebroadcast programs of the British Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Voice of America. The federal broadcasting licensing authority said ANS had violated media laws and failed to pay fines. ANS said it would appeal the closure.
November 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Two journalists held for defaming the Prophet Muhammad

New York, November 17, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two independent journalists in Azerbaijan over an article that authorities claim insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

Samir Sadagatoglu, editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Senet, and reporter Rafiq Tagi, were detained after publishing an article on November 1 titled “Europe and Us.” Tagi, the author, suggested that unspecified Islamic values were blocking development in the oil-rich, Caspian Sea country, international media reported. The article referred to Islam as a cause of infighting and said the Prophet Muhammad had created only problems for countries in the region.

November 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET


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