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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
A panel of experts looks at the Khadija Ismayilova trial and what can be done to support journalists victimized by authoritarian governments. More
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
For the first time, the militant group Islamic State (IS) has released a propaganda and recruitment video specifically addressing Muslims in Kyrgyzstan. More
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
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
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
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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