Kyrgyz website 24.kg cites RFE/RL's interview with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal, who expressed serious concern about the attitude of Central Asian governments towards journalists and media freedom. In the interview, Biswal said, "I think that the treatment that a number of RFE[/RL] journalists [have encountered] in the past couple of years -- whether through harassment, or detention and harassment, or mistreatment while under detention -- is absolutely unacceptable."
Amnesty International has launched an Urgent Action in support of RFE/RL Turkmen Service contributor Khudayberdy Allashov, who was arrested on December 3 and now faces a possible seven-year prison sentence in an action RFE/RL President Thomas Kent believes is “part of a targeted campaign intended to silence our Turkmen Service and intimidate the Turkmen people.”
Kyiv Post picked up RFE/RL’s report on official charges of spreading "calls for undermining Russian territorial integrity via mass media" being filed by Russian-imposed authorities in Crimea against RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena. Associated Press, ABC News, and Deutsche Welle also reported on Semena being formally charged.
World Tribune picked up RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari’s report on opposition by the chief of the women volunteers in Iran’s hard-line conservative militia, the Basij, to gender-rights activism in Iran.
Transitions Online cited Current Time's exclusive interview with Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Onyshchenko, who claims to have "documents that confirm the corruption of President [Petro] Poroshenko.".
Charter 97 cited RFE/RL Belarus Service interviews with former Belarusian president Stanislau Shushkevich about the signing 25 years ago of the agreement that formally dissolved the Soviet Union, and with "Young Front" activist Zmitser Dashkevich.
Reporters Without Borders and Transitions Online reported on the arrest of RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent Khudaybery Allashov and the intensifying crackdown by the Turkmen government against local RFE/RL contributors.
The AKIpress news agency reported on OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic welcoming the decision of Tajikistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to restore the accreditations of six RFE/RL Tajik Service correspondents.
Wired mentioned RFE/RL in an article on demands for investigations into Russian government involvement in digital attacks during the U.S. presidential election.
Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, has called on the authorities in Turkmenistan to release RFE/RL's contributor Khudayberdy Allashov. Allashov was arrested on December 3 and charged by authorities with possession of chewing tobacco, which, while illegal in Turkmenistan, is commonly consumed and not known to have led to arrests. Allashov began contributing to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service in October this year, reporting local stories about food shortages, wage delays, salaries, and cotton-picking under the pen name Mekan Tashliyev.
Numerous Russian media outlets, including Kommersant, Dozhd (TVRain) , Gazeta.ru, Ekho Moskvy, Snob.ru, Republic.ru, Lenta.ru, Vzglyad.ru, Ura.ru, and Business FM, cited RFE/RL correspondent Carl Schreck’s exclusive article on the surge in recent years in new U.S. asylum applications by Russian citizens.
Al Jazeera’s Listening Post program (starts at 12:53) reported on the Tajik Foreign Ministry’s decision to strip six RFE/RL Tajik Service journalists of their accreditations.
The Kyrgyz news website 24.kg reports that newly elected Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyaev “actively uses the Internet, is interested in public opinion, reads the opposition media - the Uzbek service of Radio Liberty and BBC.”
Breitbart News cited RFE/RL reporting in a report on a claim by Russia’s FSB security service that it killed a leader of the Islamic State (IS) militant group during a raid in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Daghestan.
On December 3, Fair Observer posted an article by RFE/RL’s Emily Thompson concerning her interview with Radio Free Afghanistan’s Malali Bashir for the “Heard It From Her” podcast, about a private Facebook group Bashir developed for Afghan women, where they have been discussing everything from access to education to street harassment.
The Kyiv Post named RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Natalie Sedletska, the host of the Service's popular anti-corruption show "Schemes," a winner of its "30 Under 30" award, given to thirty "young Ukrainian leaders who have won fame, success and acclaim at an early age."
On December 1, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev said, during his annual press conference, that he reads the website of RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, among other "serious websites," in order to track "real problems...and work on them."
The Guardian published an article on Afghanistan's first female rapper, Paradise Sorouri, citing a short RFE/RL video documentary, "Rebel Beats," by Radio Free Afghanistan journalist Omid Marzban that is due to appear in European film festivals in early 2017.
The Guardian reprinted an article by RFE/RL's Robert Coalson and Dmitry Volchek, on a Russian man who tracked down the names of the NKVD officers who executed his great-grandfather 80 years ago, with the intention of seeking to prosecute "the entire criminal conspiracy" that led to his great-grandfather's death.
The German magazine Bild cited RFE/RL Russian Service reporting on Russia's threat to launch a missile strike on Ukraine if that country goes ahead with announced missile tests of its own into the Black Sea.
The Diplomat, EurasiaNet, the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders expressed support for RFE/RL Tajik Service journalists who were stripped of their accreditations on November 25 by the Tajik Foreign Ministry.
Ukraine Today cited a RFE/RL Belarus Service interview with a Donbas militant from Belarus who alleged that the head of the so-called "Luhansk People's Republic," Igor Plotnitsky, ordered the firing of mortar rounds at the city of Luhansk to "create panic."
On November 26, The Diplomat posted an article by RFE/RL’s Daud Khattak in which he examines the mixed legacy of Pakistani Army Chief of staff, General Raheel Sharif.
Balkan Insight, and Montenegrin media including Vijesti, Analitika, and Radio i Televizija Crne Gore, cited RFE/RL reporting on a recording that appears to link a Serbian nationalist accused of plotting to kill Montenegro's prime minister to efforts to send fellow Serbian militants to participate in Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea.
Newsweek, The Independent, The Times of Israel and International Business News UK cited RFE/RL reporting in an article on Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova's claim on a Russian Channel 1 talk show "that to explain the victory of Donald Trump, 'you have to talk to the Jews'."