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The only Crimean Tatar television channel in Crimea could be closed down on April 1 if it's not able to register with the Russian government. Locals see the pressure against ATR television as part of a broader campaign of intimidation against Crimean Tatars since Russia occupied Crimea last year. More
One of Ukraine's richest and most powerful men responds to a question from RFE/RL with an expletive-filled rant. More
Following developments in the Ukraine crisis as they happen. More
Moscow police are investigating alleged death threats received by a journalist for Ekho Moskvy radio, one of Russia's few remaining platforms for criticism of the Kremlin. More
Two local men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been convicted of killing a journalist and sentenced to prison. More
Ever wonder what the daily life of a Russian Internet troll is like? Dmitry Volchek of RFE/RL's Russian Service talks to a young blogger who recently spent two months working at the country's main "troll factory," the Internet Research center in St. Petersburg. He talks about the long hours, production quotas, and what he calls the "absurd" assignments that come with being a troll. More
In an interview with Balkan Service Director Gordana Knezevic, an attorney for jailed Azeri investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova discusses her treatment in custody and the state of her case. More
A parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan has approved a controversial bill that would impose "foreign agent" status on nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from abroad. More
Murdering journalists is one way to keep the public in the dark about criminal activities. It is also virtually risk-free, since worldwide 90 percent of the killers never face justice. More
A veteran RFE/RL journalist in Turkmenistan has resigned from his job, citing an unprecedented campaign of intimidation in a country already regarded as one of the most closed societies on earth. More
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Paltry coverage of the scandal adds to the outrage over allegations of illegal wiretapping in Macedonia. More
Non-State Groups: Tyrants of Information
Stop Reporting or We'll Kill Your Family: Threats to Media Freedom in Afghanistan
Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Civil Society
Media advocacy watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is unblocking access to nine news websites in an effort to combat online censorship by governments that violate human rights. More
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