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Justice Denied: Ukraine comes up empty in probe of Pavel Sheremet's murder

July 12, 2017 4:00 AM ET

A year after prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, no one has been arrested or prosecuted, even though Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed a swift investigation. Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with...

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Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

April 12, 2017 4:09 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists for covering protests and should allow the news media to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Belarus police raid offices of TV station Belsat, detain cameraman

March 31, 2017 3:17 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2017--Belarusian authorities should cease harassing Belsat TV and all news media in an effort to censor coverage of opposition protests and should immediately release all journalists detained for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police today raided two of the channel's offices...

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At least eight journalists still jailed for reporting on Belarus protests

March 28, 2017 6:28 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately release all journalists jailed covering protests and should cease obstructing reporters in an effort to keep news of the protests out of media reports, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Belarus

March 24, 2017 3:53 PM ET

Beginning in early February, there have been nationwide demonstrations in Belarus to protest the introduction of a new tax on the unemployed. More than 150 protesters have been arrested, dozens have been fined or sentenced to up to 15 days in jail for participating in the protests, and at least...

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CPJ joins call for Belarus president to stop harassment of journalists, protesters

March 23, 2017 11:56 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 48 rights organizations, sent a letter on March 22 to Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, condemning the detention and harassment of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and members of the country's opposition party....

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Dozens of journalists obstructed from covering Belarus protests

March 23, 2017 10:13 AM ET

New York, March 23, 2017 - Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists prosecuted for covering a wave of nationwide protests and should cease interfering with journalists doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces have detained or otherwise obstructed at least 32...

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Journalist arrested in Moscow on Belarusian extradition request

March 15, 2017 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2017--Russian authorities should immediately release Yuriy Baranchik, chief analytical editor of the pro-Kremlin Russian news agency Regnum, and allow him to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies....

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Blogger jailed in Belarus faces extradition to Azerbaijan

January 13, 2017 4:22 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2017--Belarussian authorities should unconditionally release Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian-Israeli blogger detained in the capital Minsk on an extradition request from Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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