Statements   |   Russia

CPJ condemns attack on Kommersant reporter

APNew York, November 6, 2010--The Russian government must act immediately to arrest the assailants responsible for a brutal attack today on a reporter for the Moscow daily Kommersant. The brazen assault, which left Oleg Kashin, left, so badly injured he was placed in an induced coma, is a product in part of the government's failure to combat anti-press crimes, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. Simon's statement follows: 

November 6, 2010 3:20 PM ET


Statements   |   Rwanda

Editor of censored Rwandan newspaper is slain

In response to international media reports that Jean-Léonard Rugambage, the deputy editor of  the suspended independent newspaper Umuvugizi, was shot dead late Thursday in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the following statement:
June 25, 2010 12:23 PM ET


Statements   |   Uzbekistan

Andijan police release independent journalist

New York, June 18, 2010—We issued the following statement after police in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan released independent Uzbek reporter Aleksei Volosevich after holding him without charge for three days; Volosevich was filming refugees from the unrest in Kyrgyzstan. Police confiscated his phone, footage, and audio recorder, Volosevich told CPJ.

June 18, 2010 4:44 PM ET


Statements   |   Uzbekistan

Andijan police continue to hold independent journalist

New York, June 15, 2010—We issued the following statement after confirming that police in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan continue to hold independent Uzbek reporter Aleksei Volosevich for a third consecutive day. Volosevich had travelled to the border with Kyrgyzstan to report on the conditions for refugees, fleeing the bloody ethnic clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan’s south, when he was arrested for unknown reasons on Sunday. His personal documents were not on him at the time, and his mobile phone is turned off.

June 15, 2010 5:12 PM ET


Statements   |   Venezuela

Venezuelan arrest warrant troubles CPJ

We made the following statement today after the Venezuelan government issued an arrest warrant for Guillermo Zuloaga, president of Globovisión, on usury and conspiracy charges.
June 13, 2010 11:11 AM ET


Statements   |   Thailand

Italian journalist killed in Bangkok unrest

Following news that Italian freelance photojournalist Fabio Polenghi was fatally shot, and at least two other international journalists wounded today as security forces stormed a makeshift camp of “Red Shirt” protesters in Bangkok, we issued this statement:

May 19, 2010 12:41 PM ET


Statements   |   Armenia

CPJ welcomes Armenian vote to decriminalize defamation

We issued the following statement today after the National Assembly of Armenia approved on a second reading the decriminalization of defamation, including libel and insult. If signed into law, the amendments to Armenia’s penal and administrative code will remove imprisonment from the list of penalties for defamation; individuals found guilty of the offense would face a monetary fine as maximum punishment. 

May 19, 2010 12:16 PM ET


Statements   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ condemns farcical Azerbaijan trial

We issued the following statement today after the Azerbaijani independent agency Turan reported on the testimony of two inmates who allegedly saw imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev take drugs. Fatullayev was charged with drug usage shortly before the European Court of Human Rights acquitted him of all earlier trumped-up charges and ordered his immediate release.

Statements   |   Moldova

In Moldova, CPJ calls for Ernest Vardanian’s release

We issued the following statement today after authorities in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic released an alleged confession by independent journalist Ernest Vardanian, who has been imprisoned since April 7 on trumped-up treason charges ...

May 12, 2010 2:01 PM ET


Statements   |   Sri Lanka

CPJ welcomes Tissainayagam pardon

In response to news reports today that Sri Lanka will offer a full pardon to journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, we issued this statement.


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