Europe & Central Asia

2013

Letters   |   Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan should reopen case of jailed journalist

Dear Prosecutor General Salyanova: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention the case of Azimjon Askarov, an investigative reporter and human rights activist imprisoned in Kyrgyzstan. CPJ has written widely about Askarov, who was sentenced to a life term on fabricated charges in a trial marred by procedural violations. Now, following new evidence that has come to light, we ask that you respect Kyrgyzstan's commitment to the rule of law and fulfill the public pledges that President Almazbek Atambayev has made in regards to the journalist's case.

Alerts   |   Tajikistan

Tajik weekly ordered to pay damages for defamation

New York, February 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by today's defamation ruling against independent Tajik weekly Imruz News in closed court proceedings, the organization said.

Alerts   |   Belarus

Belarusian authorities push Khalip to go into exile

Irina Khalip has long been subjected to harassment. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

New York, February 19, 2013--Belarusian authorities must stop harassing Irina Khalip and trying to force the prominent Novaya Gazeta reporter into exile, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today.

On Monday, Aleksandr Kupchenya, head of the corrections department of the Minsk City Police Directorate, told Khalip that she should use the opportunity of her travel ban being temporarily lifted to leave the country permanently, she told the Minsk-based Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ).

Attacks on the Press   |   Brazil, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video



CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Russia

Attacks on the Press: A Frustrating Pursuit for Justice

Her son's murder unsolved, Rimma Maksimova pursues a landmark case. By Elisabeth Witchel

(AFP/Frederick Florin)

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Russia, Turkey

Attacks on the Press: Enjoying Spotlight, Shirking Accountability

Countries hosting the Olympics assume global obligations. What if they renege? By Nina Ognianova and Kristin Jones

(AP/Igor Yakunin)

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Ecuador, Egypt, Nicaragua, Turkey, USA, Venezuela

Attacks on the Press: Beyond Article 19

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon

(AFP/Spencer Platt)

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Turkey, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press: Misusing Terror Laws

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell

(AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Attacks on the Press   |   Ethiopia, Kenya, Syria

Attacks on the Press: A Moving Target

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien

(AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

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