Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Islam Shikhali

Azerbaijan Targets Another RFE/RL Reporter

Police in Baku have ransacked an apartment and seized equipment belonging to an RFE/RL free-lancer in the latest incident in an unrelenting campaign targeting the country's independent press. More


Video RFE/RL Video Deleted At Tajik Trial

Russian officers in the 109th garrison court in Dushanbe confiscated and partly deleted video material from a high-profile trial covered by RFE/RL's Tajik Service. More

Bad News: Tajikistan Tells Officials To Speak First To State Media

Dushanbe's new directive to officials to speak first to the state news agency could dramatically reduce independent journalists' access to information. More

Wikipedia Avoids Closure In Russia

Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor has excluded a Wikipedia article from a blacklist, ending the threat of a possible closure of the Russian version of the website in the country. More


In a new propaganda video an IS militant speaks in unaccented Kyrgyz with a subtitled translation of his words in Russian.

IS's First-Ever Kyrgyz Recruitment Video

​For the first time, the militant group Islamic State (IS) has released a propaganda and recruitment video specifically addressing Muslims in Kyrgyzstan. More


WATCH: Armenian Protesters Confront Police

Video Armenian Police Target Journalists In Violent Crackdown

Police attempted to end a days-long street protest in the Armenia by forcibly dispersing participants and journalists. But the heavy-handed approach, which included the direct involvement of a top national police commander, has sparked a furious response at home and abroad. More


Afghan journalists often risk their lives to cover news.

Afghan Journalists Join The Refugee Stream To Europe

A media watchdog says scores of Afghan journalists have recently left for Europe to join hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa. More


A demonstrator dressed as a zombie protests in Ukraine against Russian propaganda by stuffing his mouth with newsprint and St. George's ribbons, a symbol used by pro-Russia rebels in the east.

EU Plans To Step Up Fight Against Russian Propaganda

The European Union aims to counter Russian propaganda by boosting support for independent media in "Eastern Neighborhood" countries and increasing awareness of "disinformation activities by external actors," according to a strategic communications action plan seen by RFE/RL. More

Spotlight onTurkmenistan

Turkmenistan--RFE/RL Freelance Correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev. Youtube screengrab.

Mother of Jailed Turkmen Journalist Deplores Official Silence

In a telephone conversation with RFE/RL's Turkmen service, the mother of imprisoned journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliev deplored the lack of information about her son's case. More

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