Detention of Editor Continues as FOI Law Passed in Mongolia

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins with its affiliate, the Confederation of

Mongolian Journalists, in calling for the immediate release of Ulaanbaatar Times editor-in-chief

Chuluunbaatar Dolgor, who has been held in custody since his arrest on March



The call comes as the Parliament of

Mongolia passed new freedom of information legislation, known as the Law on

Information, Transparency, Right and Freedom to Access Information. The law,

passed on June 16, will take effect on December 1.


The IFJ has written to President Elbegdorj

Tsahia to protest the continuing detention of Chuluunbaatar, 51, who was

arrested on charges of “illegal privatisation and serious damage of public

property” for his alleged involvement in the privatisation of the newspaper and

its offices in the capital, Ulaanbaatar,

in 2008.


Chuluunbaatar, who is also Secretary-General

of the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists, faces up to 15 years in prison

if found guilty. The journalist, who is held at Detention Centre No. 461 and

has been denied bail on nine occasions, denies any wrongdoing.


“The IFJ is extremely concerned for

the welfare of Chuluunbaatar Dolgor, who has serious health problems that

require urgent medical assistance,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.


“We call on all concerned people and

organisations to join the campaign to see Chuluunbaatar freed on bail so that

he can seek treatment and contest the charges.”


The IFJ urges individuals

and organisations to join the global campaign to see Chuluunbaatar freed, by

writing to President Elbegdorj Tsahia here and sending him a message via Twitter (@elbegdorj or use #freeChuluunbaatar).


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919



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