Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan - İlgar Nasibov - 22Aug2014

Journalist Is Brutally Beaten in Naxcivan

In the latest incident targeting independent activists and journalists in Azerbaijan, photographer Ilgar Nasibov was badly beaten in Naxicivan. More

Leyla Yunus (left), the head of Peace and Democracy İnstitute and a fierce critic of Azerbaijan's poor rights record, was arrested on July 30.

UN Urges Baku To Free Activists

UN human rights experts have condemned the increased prosecution of human rights activists in Azerbaijan and urged Baku to "reverse the trend of repression." More

Azeri Activist Appeals Drug Sentence

An Azerbaijani court will hear the appeal of a young blogger given a five-year prison sentence in a case his supporters say is politically motivated. More


James Foley

Obama: 'World Appalled' By Foley Beheading

U.S. President Barack Obama has said the whole world is appalled by the beheading of American journalist James Foley by jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) group. More

BBG Condemns Reported Foley Killing

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has condemned the reported beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley by the Islamist extremist group Islamic State and the threat to murder another journalist in connection with U.S. action in Iraq. More

Andrei Fefelov, an editor at "Zavtra," in his Moscow offices

From The Fringes Toward Mainstream: Russian Nationalist Broadsheet Basks In Ukraine Conflict

The ultra-nationalist newspaper "Zavtra" has been on the margins of Russian political life for decades. But with the Ukraine conflict, it has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. More


Ukrainian lawmakers passed the first reading of a controversial draft law on sanctions by a small majority on August 12.

New Sanctions Bill Raises Free-Press Fears In Ukraine

Ukrainian lawmakers are preparing to vote on a draft law that would impose sanctions on Russian businesses and block disinformation spread by Kremlin-run media. But Ukrainian free-speech advocates say the bill is dangerous because it also hands the government in Kyiv the power to censor the press at home. More


Iran

An Iranian man on a motorcycle carries a satellite dish. (file photo)

'Anti-Sunni' Satellite Channels Under Fire In Iran

Iran has closed down the offices of a number of religious satellite channels for creating sectarian rifts. More

HRW Wants Iranian Prisoners Freed

Human Rights Watch is urging Iranian authorities to "immediately and unconditionally" release immediately dozens of prisoners jailed in the northern city of Karaj. More

Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani (right) attends a meeting of the Assembly of Experts during the opening  session of its annual assembly in Tehran in September 2002.

Obituary: Iranian Revolution's Willing Executioner

Tehran is mourning the loss of a key figure of the Islamic Revolution, but the life of judge and cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani will be defined by his willingness to execute opponents of the regime. More



Afghanistan

Afghanistan Orders Reporter To Leave

A "New York Times" reporter has been given 24 hours to leave Afghanistan for not cooperating with an investigation, according to a statement from the attorney general's office. More

Uzbekistan

Former members of the Uzbek government, professors, students, and people from a range of professions have put their message of protest on Facebook.

Uzbeks Tell Karimov 'I'm Not Afraid'

A Facebook page started little more than a week ago now has several thousand people posting photos with the words "I am not afraid" on them and often leaving additional comments. More

Tajikistan

Rossia Segodnya Expected To Open Bureau In Tajikistan

Rossiya Segodnya, a massive state-run media conglomerate, is expected to open a bureau in Dushanbe. More

In Memoriam

Afghanistan -- Radio Free Afghanistan Pashto editor Ahmad Zubair Zhman.

RFE/RL Mourns Afghan Colleague Zubair Zhman

RFE/RL remembers the talent, dedication, and compassion of its Afghan colleague Zubair Zhman. More

North Caucasus

Journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev was found dead on August 1.

OSCE Calls For 'Thorough Investigation' Of Kabardian Journalist's Death

The OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, issued a statement on August 4 calling for a thorough investigation into the death of Kabardian journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev. More

About This Page

This page is about the threats and obstacles independent journalists face - our RFE/RL colleagues and other journalists in our broadcast region - to give and get the news. We focus on individual cases and broader developments that signify the high price of reporting in places where the media is unfree.