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June 13, 2014

CPJ calls for a renewed investigation in Askarov's case

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at Bishkek City Court's refusal to open a new investigation into the case of Azimjon Askarov , a journalist and human rights defender who has been imprisoned in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 in retaliation for his work exposing wrongdoing. The court scrapped today an earlier decision by a lower Bishkek court, which had ruled that the journalist's case should be reinvestigated. Askarov's lawyer has said he will appeal the decision to the Supreme... MORE
June 21, 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Three TV journalists attacked in Osh

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has deplored the June 20 physical attack by demonstrators on three TV journalists who were covering a rally in support of the Kyrgyz nationalist party Ata-Zhurt in the southern city of Osh. It again highlighted the dangers to which journalists are exposed in Kyrgyzstan as well as police bias against the media. The violence occurred when NTS television reporters Chynara Sydykova and Ayzhan Ismaylova and cameraman Vladimir Bezborodov... MORE
June 17, 2011

Kyrgyz parliament orders blocking of news website of record

Kyrgyz parliament adopted a resolution June 16 issuing a legally binding instruction to the prosecutor-general’s office, culture ministry and justice ministry to block access to the independent online news agency Ferghana ( ) because of its coverage of last year’s violence in the south of the country. “Blocking access to Ferghana would constitute a very shocking attack on one of Kyrgyzstan’s leading independent news media,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans... MORE
June 8, 2011

Link to victim’s work ignored in trial of Kyrgyz journalist’s accused murderers

The trial of three people accused of killing Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk in the Kazakh capital of Almaty in December 2009 by throwing him from the 6th floor of a building opened two days ago in Almaty. At the time of his death, Pavlyuk had been given the job of creating a news website and a weekly newspaper for the Kyrgyz opposition party Ata-Meken . “The decision to hold an open trial at the request of the victim’s family is a significant advance,” Paris-based press freedom group... MORE
May 20, 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Disturbing spate of physical attacks on journalists

There has been a new wave of threats and physical attacks on journalists during the past few weeks in both Bishkek, the capital, and the southern city of Osh, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “Harassment and self-censorship are growing, in an explosive atmosphere of ethnic tension,” RSF said. “No serious investigation has been carried out into any of these attacks on journalists. We remind the authorities that they have a duty to ensure the safety of... MORE
November 13, 2010

Askarov appeal denied; health deteriorating from beatings

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed alarm at reports that Kyrgyz journalist Azimjon Askarov has been beaten repeatedly in custody. On Wednesday, an appeals court in the southern Jalal-Abad region upheld the life sentence given in September to Azimjon Askarov, a reporter, researcher, and head of the local human rights group Vozdukh, and six of his co-defendants, the Moscow-based regional news website Ferghana reported. Askarov's lawyer, Nurbek Toktakunov, told local... MORE
September 17, 2010

Kyrgyz human rights reporter sentenced to life in prison

Human rights reporter Azimjon Askarov was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Jalal-Abad region, southern Kyrgyzstan, on Wednesday, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Judge Nurgazy Alimbayev pronounced Askarov guilty on a wide range of charges, including complicity to commit homicide and murder of a police officer (two separate counts related to the same incident), possession of ammunition and extremist literature, and attempted... MORE
August 13, 2010

Journalist, human rights activist face charges of extremism in Kyrgyzstan

Trumped-up charges of extremism have been pressed in Kyrgyzstan against Ulugbek Abdusalomov, the editor of an independent newspaper, and Azimjon Askarov, a journalist and human rights defender, according to press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Prosecutors in the southern city of Jalal-Abad charged Abdusalomov, editor of the Uzbek-language newspaper Diydor , and Askarov, head of local human rights group Vozdukh and a contributor to the regional news website Voice of... MORE
July 22, 2010

Kyrgyzstan: Local authorities take over Osh TV after national security raid and director’s dismissal

The provisional government in Kyrgyzstan has taken over all of the country’s TV stations and is busy nationalising them. Osh TV, an Uzbek language station based in Osh, the capital of southern Kyrgyzstan, is a case in point. The government has acquired a controlling interest in its shares and has arbitrarily fired its director, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. All of the country’s major broadcasters have been “temporarily” nationalised since May under a law that was passed on April... MORE
July 14, 2010

Kyrgyz agents raid Uzbek-language TV station, interrogate director

A raid was carried on the newsroom of the independent Uzbek-language broadcaster Osh TV in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh on Friday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The Kyrgyz security service (known as SNB) also temporarily detained director Khalil Khudaiberdiyev in the raid on the station. Osh TV is currently off the air, the Uzbek service of the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported. Armed agents with the SNB confiscated computers,... MORE