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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)

Basına Saldırılar

Baskıcı Ev Sahipleri Olimpiyatların İmajını Zedeliyor

Kristin Jones ve Nina Ognianova

Rusya'nın Karadeniz Kıyısındaki Soçi kenti, dünyaya kaçırılmayacak bir 2014 Kış Olimpiyatları sunmaya hazırlanıyor. Artistik patinaj hayranları şimdiden Kim Yu-na'nın bu defa da altın madalya alıp almayacağına dair tahminlere başladı bile. Lindsey Vonn kayak pistini denerken Ruslar da hokey takımlarının yeni yapılan Bolşoy Buz Kubbe'de kazanma ihtimaline bel bağlamış durumda. Tüm bunların yaşanmasına daha vakit var. 2012 yılında dünyanın Rusya ile ilgili hatırladığı esas resim bir cam kafese kapatılmış feminist punk rock grubu Pussy Riot'ın üyeleri oldu. Başkan Vladimir Putin'i protesto ettikleri için "dini nefret nedeniyle holiganlık" yapmak suçuyla yargılandıkları davada, grubun üç üyesi suçlu bulundu ve Ekim ayında iki üye çalışma kampına gönderildi.

14 de Febrero 2013 12:02 AM ET

Blog   |   Russia

In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved

Chernovik founder Gadzhimurad Kamalov was killed in December 2011. Investigators have failed to determine the identities of the assailants or the masterminds. (Reuters/Lekai Dmitri)

Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent daily Chernovik, was murdered in Makhachkala, capital of Russia's southern republic of Dagestan, on December 15, 2011. The slaying was brazen, coming on the national Day of Remembrance for journalists killed in the course of their work. The late-evening assault took place outside Chernovik's newsroom, located on Makhachkala's Magomed Gadzhiev Street. Equipped with numerous security cameras, the street is a throughway for government motorcades, including that of the regional president. Nobody moves undetected there. But Kamalov's slaying is yet to be solved.

Blog   |   Russia

Q&A: Nadira Isayeva on exile from Dagestan, in US

Nadira Isayeva (AP/Sergei Rasulov)

Nadira Isayeva, a 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Award winner, has been living in exile since she left her native Dagestan, in Russia's volatile North Caucasus, in November 2011. Isayeva, the editor-in-chief of the independent weekly Chernovik, had been harassed by security forces for her relentless, critical coverage of their heavy-handed anti-terrorism operations in the region. Yet she was hesitant to leave, unable to imagine herself not reporting on these issues.

After fellow human rights advocates finally convinced Isayeva to leave, she came to New York, where she works as a fellow at Columbia University's Harriman Institute. (The interview has been edited).

June 19, 2012 12:02 AM ET


Reports   |   Eritrea, Ethiopia, Journalist Assistance, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Syria, Uganda

Journalists in exile 2012

Crisis in East Africa

Fifty-seven journalists fled their country in the past year, with Somalia sending the greatest number into exile. Journalists also fled Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Rwanda--mostly for Kenya and Uganda. Exiles in East Africa must grapple with poverty and fear. A CPJ special report by María Salazar-Ferro and Tom Rhodes

Somali journalists carry the body of Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan of Horn Cable TV who was killed in December 2011. Fear of violence is one of the top reasons why journalists flee into exile. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Alerts   |   Russia

Russia must act after murder of Dagestani paper founder

Journalist Gadzhimurad Kamalov was shot to death late Thursday night by a masked assailant. (AP)
New York, December 16, 2011--Russian authorities must carry out an urgent and effective investigation into Thursday night's assassination of Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, which had tackled highly sensitive topics in the southern republic of Dagestan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

December 16, 2011 4:33 PM ET


Statements   |   Russia

Killing of Dagestani journalist must be investigated

New York, December 15, 2011--Today's murder of Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent newspaper Chernovik in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan today is a lethal blow to press freedom, said the Committee to Protect Journalists.

December 15, 2011 5:05 PM ET



Gadzhimurad Kamalov


A masked assailant apparently lying in wait fired 14 times as Kamalov, founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, was leaving work shortly before midnight. Kamalov, 46, who was also a contributing editor and writer, died en route to a local hospital. A Chernovik staffer who witnessed the murder through an office window told CPJ that the assailant fled the scene in a Lada Priora.

Chernovik, the most popular newspaper in Dagestan, was known for its independence and courageous coverage of government corruption, human rights abuses, and Islamic radicalism. From 2008 until 2011, Chernovik and five of its journalists, including then-editor and CPJ International Press Freedom Award winner Nadira Isayeva, were subjected to a politically motivated prosecution on trumped-up "extremism" charges stemming from the paper's critical coverage of regional police and the federal security service. The journalists were acquitted of the charges in May.

Biyakai Magomedov, editor of Chernovik, told CPJ that Kamalov had not disclosed recent threats. But a family member told the regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel that threats had been commonplace since the paper was launched in 2003. "Since the time Chernovik started publishing, there have been a number of threats, and he had foes," Khadzhimurad Radzhabov, a cousin and colleague of Kamalov, told Kavkazsky Uzel.

In recent television interviews, Kamalov had made critical comments about alleged regional government corruption. "Dagestan is sinking into idleness, into misguided scattering of federal money," Kavkazsky Uzel quoted Kamalov as saying in a February interview with the national television channel NTV. "You would not see a single Russian region with a bigger quantity of restaurants, banquet halls, saunas, casinos, and hookah parlors as Makhachkala."

Kamalov's name was among 16 included on a "death list" published anonymously and distributed in the form of a handout in Makhachkala in September 2009, according to Russian press reports. The handout, which named eight journalists among its targets, called for "destruction of the bandits and revenge for police officers and peaceful citizens." 

December 15, 2011 4:38 PM ET


CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2011

CPJ delegation meets with President Asif Ali Zardari (APP)
Pakistan pledges justice

Pakistan's president committed to pursue justice for journalists killed in the line of duty, pledging to take steps to reverse the country's rising record of impunity. A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, headed by outgoing Chairman Paul Steiger, met with President Asif Ali Zardari on World Press Freedom Day. The CPJ group urged him to ensure that journalists are free to report on sensitive issues. The president's commitment will be monitored by CPJ and national press freedom groups.

May 26, 2011 2:27 PM ET

Alerts   |   Russia

Dagestan court acquits Chernovik journalists

New York, May 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's court ruling in the southern republic of Dagestan, which acquitted Editor Nadira Isayeva and four reporters with the Makhachkala-based independent weekly Chernovik of long-standing, politicized extremism charges

May 19, 2011 5:31 PM ET


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