Journalists in Trouble
Saturday 1 January 2011
December 17, 2010
Vardanean Jailed for 15 Years
Independent journalist Ernest Vardanean was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison on charges of high treason. The verdict comes months after his arrest and a detention spent largely in solitary confinement, and as a result of a trial held behind closed doors.
November 12, 2010
Beketov: First Crippled, Now Guilty
Two years ago this week, unknown assailants savagely attacked independent journalist Mikhail Beketov, an independent journalist who was among the first to cover the politics of the proposed Khimki highway. Left for dead, Beketov survived, barely. On November 10, he was found guilty of slander in a case dating from 2007. Beketov's attackers have not been found.
November 09, 2010
Iranian Journalist Held in Solitary Confinement
Iranian journalist Nazanin Khosravani is being held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison's notorious Ward 209, RFE's Radio Farda reports. Khosravani's mother received the information in a seconds-long telephone call five days after her daughter's arrest last week.
November 05, 2010
UN Calls for Release of Turkmen Activists
A UN body has called on the Turkmen government to release two human rights activists who were colleagues of RFE correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova. The three were arrested and jailed in June 2006 for providing information about the country's human rights situation to foreign media outlets 'to spread public discontent.' Muradova was found dead in her prison cell the following September.
November 04, 2010
Vardanean Trial Begins; OSCE Barred.
OSCE monitors were barred from attending the trial of independent Moldovan journalist Ernest Vardanean, who has been jailed in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester since April 7 on charges of high treason. Vardanean faces up to twenty years in prison if found guilty. His case is an example of the limits of international legal and human rights instruments in self-styled states.
November 02, 2010
Inside the Bobaev Verdict
VOA correspondent Abdumalik Bobaev was recently convicted on charges of "illegal journalistic activity" in Uzbekistan. The seven-page court verdict, translated by VOA, is a study not of Bobaev's guilt, but of the obsessive paranoia and stifling dogmatism of the regime.
October 06, 2010
Another Uzbek Journalist Awaits Prison
Independent Uzbek journalist Abdumalik Boboyev awaits an almost-certain prison sentence on criminal charges that observers and foreign governments say are politically motivated. Boboyev would join 11 other journalists who are currently in Uzbek jails mostly as punishment for doing their jobs.