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The Russian State Duma has approved legislation restricting foreign ownership of media outlets. RFE/RL visited the newsroom of the Western-owned daily newspaper "Vedomosti" to gauge journalists' reactions. More
Jailed Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli, the recipient of the 2014 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, has tirelessly denounced the deepening crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan. More
The government of Azerbaijan is carrying out an intense crackdown of civil-society organizations and nonstate media in what Baku says is a bid to stop "foreign forces" from undermining the South Caucasus country. "Apparently it is in Azerbaijan's national interest not to have critical media," says one worried journalist. More
Lawyers of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus say that their client has been beaten in pretrial detention. More
A new Russian film is pledging to tell "The Truth" about the war between federal forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine, a project Ukrainian media has already dismissed as "propaganda." More
Prominent Iranian female editor Shahla Sherkat has come under pressure by Iranian hard-liners over her recently launched publication devoted to women's issues. More
Iran has closed down the offices of a number of religious satellite channels for creating sectarian rifts. More
Human Rights Watch is urging Iranian authorities to "immediately and unconditionally" release immediately dozens of prisoners jailed in the northern city of Karaj. More
Uzbekistan has a new restrictions on what bloggers can post online, prohibiting content that could be perceived as "defaming the honor and dignity" of individual citizens. More
RFE/RL remembers the talent, dedication, and compassion of its Afghan colleague Zubair Zhman. More
"Fault Lines" combines first-hand and first-person reports to uncover the challenges and constraints that journalists in RFE/RL's reporting region face every day--and how and why they persevere.
As Skopje promotes its new look in 2014, journalists warn that pressures below the surface threaten media freedom. More
The U.S. government opened an annual OSCE gathering in Warsaw with charges that the Russian Federation is conducting a 'systematic campaign' to stifle dissent in the media. More
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has condemned a series of death threats against Artan Haraqija, an RFE/RL journalist who has been reporting on radical Islamic groups in Kosovo. More
Seven weeks after Kabardian journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev was found dead on the outskirts of Nalchik, the precise cause of his death remains unclear. More
After a Chisinau newspaper published beach vacation photos of the head of the country's Orthodox Church, it received a threatening phone call from a man claiming to be the husband of a bikini-clad woman who posted the images on social media. More
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