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20 July 2011


Dismissed state TV journalists continue fight against censorship

Two women journalists protesting media censorship in Uzbekistan ended their hunger strikes last week due to poor health, report Index on Censorship and news reports. Saodat Omonova and her colleague, Malohat Eshonkulova, had started their hunger strike after being arrested and fined for protesting against censorship and corruption in Uzbekistan's state television. Their case is emblematic of Uzbekistan's "atrocious human rights record, including repression of free speech," says Human Rights Watch.
6 July 2011


Authorities celebrate independence by cracking down on protesters

Protesters in Minsk, Belarus, take part in a silent action on 22 June Here's how Belarus's Independence Day on 3 July was marked this year: the authorities used tear gas and arrested more than 300 journalists and anti-government protesters in Minsk and other cities, and blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites used by the organisers, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Human Rights Watch and Index on Censorship. The day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from German occupation in 1944.

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Campaigns and Advocacy

14 July 2011


IPI conducts six-month follow-up press freedom visit

Despite the passing of amendments, serious concerns about media legislation remain, says IPI.
23 June 2011


"A book is not a bomb," says RSF fact-finding mission

Despite significant advances in freedom of expression, journalists are still beingarrested and tried for doing their job or expressing an opinion, their documents seized and their sources tracked down, notes RSF.
17 June 2011


CPJ urges President Otunbayeva to halt persecution of media professionals

CPJ urges the government to carry out an investigation into the abuse of authority by local prosecutors against three media professionals and, based on the findings, to ensure the pending prosecutions are dropped and the conviction is vacated.

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22 July 2011


IRFS press freedom report for first 6 months of 2011

On a positive note, Eynulla Fatullayev, the former editor-in-chief of the "Realniy Azerbaidjan" and "Gundelik Azerbaijan" newspapers, was released after spending 4 years in prison, following the signing of a pardon decree by the president of Azerbaijan.
6 May 2011


BIANET 2011 1st Quarter Media Monitoring Report

According to the report, by 31 March 2011, five journalists were in prison for their writings, and another 42 press members were imprisoned for involvement in operations like "Ergenekon" and other major trials and investigations.

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AZERBAIJAN: Authorities in Nakhchivan impose news blackout on detainee's death 31 August 2011 AZERBAIJAN: Rights defender, six activists convicted 30 August 2011 UZBEKISTAN: Regime steps up online control and media crackdown 29 August 2011 RUSSIA: New suspect detained in Anna Politkovskaya's slaying 25 August 2011 TURKEY: Police detain five journalists, raid newspaper and TV station 24 August 2011 UKRAINE: Trial of Gongadze murder suspect should be open to public, says CPJ 17 August 2011 KYRGYZSTAN: Independent journalist brutally attacked 15 August 2011 TURKEY: Government agency modifies proposed Internet filtering system, postpones its introduction 12 August 2011 TURKEY: University student imprisoned 10 August 2011 KAZAKHSTAN: Labour lawyer faces criminal charges for addressing workers on issue of wage disparity 10 August 2011 MOLDOVA: IPI condemns excessive fines imposed on daily 5 August 2011 BELARUS: Leading rights defender detained 5 August 2011 KYRGYZSTAN: Online news agencies denied accreditation 5 August 2011 UKRAINE: Claims worth millions threaten media, says IMI 5 August 2011 RUSSIA: Journalist attacked in Anapa 4 August 2011 CHECHNYA (RUSSIA): Chechen human rights lawyer threatened 4 August 2011 TURKEY: Politician sentenced to two years in jail in connection with speech 3 August 2011 RUSSIA: Human Rights Watch urges authorities to quash prosecution against rights lawyer 3 August 2011 UKRAINE: Journalist's apartment set on fire 2 August 2011 TURKEY: Lawyer sentenced for "spreading propaganda" 2 August 2011 SLOVAKIA: European Court of Human Rights overrules libel decision 29 July 2011 RUSSIA: Charges laid against official who attacked, injured reporter 29 July 2011 TURKEY: Shooter in Hrant Dink case sentenced to 22 years in jail 27 July 2011 TURKEY: Political youth magazine suspended for a month 22 July 2011 TURKEY: "Evrensel" newspaper threatened 22 July 2011 See all alerts: Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia
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