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Archive for August 16th, 2011

Independent Journalist Brutally Attacked In Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Info on 16/08/2011

Shokhrukh Saipov, the Osh-based editor and publisher of the news website UzPress, was brutally attacked. He is the younger brother of Alisher Saipov, the prominent journalist killed in southern Kyrgyzstan in October 2007 whose murder remains unsolved.

Unidentified attackers brutally beat Saipov shortly after his 5 p.m.he had attended a media seminar. Three hours later, residents of the village of Aravan, 17 miles (27 kilometers) outside of Osh, found him lying unconscious on a street, with his nose and several teeth broken.The journalist was hospitalized and diagnosed with a severe concussion and partial memory loss.None of his valuables–money, a cell phone, and a laptop–were taken, the brother said.

Shokhrukh Saipov decided to become a journalist after Kyrgyz authorities failed to properly investigate his older brother’s murder and instead imprisoned a man who is largely believed to be innocent.

Saipov’s website–published in Russian, Uzbek, and English–covers social and political issues affecting the daily lives of ethnic Uzbek residents in southern Kyrgyzstan. It also runs commentaries on the ongoing interethnic divide between Uzbek and Kyrgyz residents of the region with recommendations for reconciliation.

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Петербург: за Aгитацию против В.Матвиенко задержан Tираж газеты

Posted by Info on 16/08/2011

В Санкт-Петербурге полиция накануне задержала часть тиража партийной газеты “Справедливая Россия”, в которой содержался призыв провести народный референдум по выборам губернатора.

Пикеты должны начаться во вторник. На них оппозиция намерена призвать петербуржцев голосовать против В.Матвиенко на выборах депутатов в муниципальных округах Красненькая речка и Петровский.

Правоохранительные органы так и не смогли объяснить юристам “Справедливой России”, по какой причине тираж газеты был задержан.

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Tajikistan Trial For BBC Reporter Accused of Extremism

Posted by Info on 16/08/2011

A BBC journalist, Urunboy Usmonov, 59 who was held for a month by the authorities in Tajikistan has been put on trial in Khujand city. He was accused of associating with banned Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. The trial is taking place in a detention centre rather than a regular courtroom.

He has repeatedly denied the charges, saying his only contact with the group was to interview some members as part of his work reporting on the region. The BBC has insisted that meetings and interviews with people representing all shades of opinion are part of the work of any BBC journalist.

Mr Usmonov has worked for the BBC Central Asian Service for 10 years. He has said that he met Hizb ut-Tahrir members as part of his work reporting on the group, which is active across Central Asia.

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Moscow’s Human Rights Ombudsman To Report On Freedom Of Assembly

Posted by Info on 16/08/2011

Moscow’s human rights ombudsman Alexander Muzykantsky will prepare a report on violations of the Russian authorities of the freedom to hold demonstrations.

The Moscow government has been reluctant to allow opposition rallies in support of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right to free assembly. Only a few meetings of the “Kremlin-recognized” opposition groups have been authorized.

“This is a dangerous game, which violates the rights and freedoms stipulated by the Constitution,” Muzykantsky said at a meeting with Moscow city lawmakers.
About 100 people came to an unauthorized rally on Moscow’s downtown Triumfalnaya Square on March 31. 54 were detained.

Solidarity movement head Boris Nemtsov and Ilya Yashin, who leads the People’s Freedom Party, were arrested during an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg. About 100 of the 300 people who came to the protests were detained along with the leaders.

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