first_img Receive email alerts Organisation News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en February 5, 2021 Find out more Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Help by sharing this information July 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist still facing up to seven years in prison for “inciting hatred” Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Newscenter_img News Follow the news on Kazakhstan to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled by journalist and human rights activist Alexander Kharlamov’s detention on trumped up charges for the past four months for writing articles critical of the local authorities and judicial system in his hometown, the eastern city of Ridder.Aged in his 60s, he is facing a possible seven-year jail sentence on a charge of inciting hatred under article 164 of the criminal code. The prosecutor said he “spread atheist ideas” and “displayed a negative attitude towards religion.”“We strongly condemn the mendacious charges brought against Kharlamov, which constitute a violation of freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is no evidence of any incitement to hatred by this journalist in anything he wrote.“As well as calling for the withdrawal of the charges against Kharlamov, we urge the authorities to amend article 164 of the criminal code (on inciting hatred) because, as it stands, it allows anyone to be imprisoned just for expressing an opinion.”Kharlamov has been voicing atheist views in a blog with a limited readership since 2005. He has also written two books that were published online. In September 2012, the security forces “revealed” that he was posting calls for religious hatred on his blog and was promoting a new religious current.Kharlamov has said his writing is just a hobby. He heads Secret Service, a small news agency that campaigns for human rights and against corruption, and writes articles critical of the local authorities for the newspapers Flash! and Ridderskiy Vestnik.Two official expert evaluations of Kharlamov failed to find evidence of inciting hatred but judges nonetheless ruled that “these actions could provoke religious hatred and the formation of a negative attitude towards religion, which will contribute to conflicts between persons.”Last January, Kharlamov wrote an article claiming that the trial of a policeman was conducted in a dishonest manner by the judge. He said he was “warned” several times to refrain from commenting on the case. Criminal charges were brought against him on 25 January and, on 6 February, the police searched his office, confiscating documents and two computers.He was arrested without a warrant on 14 March when he went to the police to reclaim the confiscated items and, three days later, was transferred to prison, where his partner has not been allowed to bring food parcels to him. After a psychological investigation that was carried out against his will, he was sent to a psychiatric clinic in the capital, Astana, for a month before being declared mentally fit.Kazakhstan is ranked 160th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News January 15, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgNews Mr. Oleksandr MedvedkoUkraine Prosecutor GeneralProsecutor General’s Office13/15 Riznytska Street01011 Kiev, UkraineDC 20500 Respectfully, UkraineEurope – Central Asia Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders’ Letter to Ukraine Prosecutor General Paris, 10 August 2009Dear Prosecutor General Medvedko,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to refer you to the Georgy Gongadze murder investigation. There have been several positive developments of late, especially the arrest and revelations of Gen. Olexy Pukach, the former head of foreign intelligence in the interior ministry. We are closely following your department’s efforts to solve this murder and to finally bring all those responsible to trial after several years of paralysis.Reporters Without Borders has only one desire, that those who instigated this murder are finally exposed and convicted regardless of the high office they may have held or still hold. Their sentences must be exemplary and President Viktor Yushchenko has himself said as much on several occasions.We share the wish of Mr. Gongadze’s widow, Myroslava Gongadze, and her lawyer, Valentyna Telyshenko, that Gen. Pukach’s confessions be made public. And we therefore urge you to release the text of the statements he has made since his arrest. This is the only way to demonstrate that both the judicial and political authorities are determined to get to the bottom of this case regardless of the identity of the figures implicated.Also important is the forensic examination of the skull that has been found as a result of the information provided by Gen. Pukach, as this skull could be Mr. Gongadze’s. Because of the pressure that could be placed on the forensic specialists, Reporters Without Borders supports the request by Myroslava Gongadze and her lawyer for a forensic examination to be carried out abroad by independent experts, in addition, if necessary, to an examination carried out in Ukraine.We hope, Prosecutor General, after so many years without any progress in the investigation into Mr. Gongadze’s brutal murder, that you will not oppose the publication of Gen. Pukach’s statements and or an international forensic examination of the newly discovered skull.We look forward to your reply. Organisation to go further News RSF_en September 7, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Jean-François Julliard,Secretary-General February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Related documents Pismo_Gongadze.pdfPDF – 277.18 KB Read in Ukrainian/читать на украинском March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more