Thursday, July 30, 2015


Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR has placed a  countdown clock on-screen during its broadcasts.

Crimean Tatar TV Counts Minutes To Impending Shutdown

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

Ukrainian oligarch and politician Ihor Kolomoyskiy

Video Ukrainian Oligarch Tears Into RFE/RL Journalist

One of Ukraine's richest and most powerful men responds to a question from RFE/RL with an expletive-filled rant. More

Pro-Russian separatists assemble on July 16 on the field where MH17 crashed almost one year ago, killing all 298 on board.

Audio Slide Show Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis (ARCHIVE)

Following developments in the Ukraine crisis as they happen. More

Russian Federation

Journalist  Karina Orlova

Police Probe Ekho Moskvy Death Threat

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 Sentenced For Journalist's Killing In Daghestan

Two local men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been convicted of killing a journalist and sentenced to prison. More

"All the curtains are kept closed," says former professional Russian troll Marat Burkhard. "We're all forbidden from going out on the street during the day."

One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

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


Azerbaijan. Baku. Journalist Khadija İsmayil

Ismayilova 'In Good Spirits, If Not Stronger Than Before'

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


RFE/RL Blocked In Kazakhstan After Reporting On Kazakh IS Video

RFE/RL's Kazakh Service has been blocked in Kazakhstan after reporting on a video showing Kazakh militants calling for others to join the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. More

Kazakh Opponent Of Russian Rockets Charged With Inciting Hatred

A Kazakh activist and blogger who has protested against launches of Russian Proton rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been detained and charged with a hate crime. More


Kyrgyz Parliamentary Committee Approves 'Foreign Agent' Law

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


The killers of Serbian journalist Slavko Curuvija, who was slain in 1999, have never been brought to justice.

Journalist Group Says Reporters' Killers Almost Never Face Justice

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


Turkmenistan -- RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent in Lebap region, Osman Hallyev

RFE/RL Turkmen Journalist Quits, Citing Mounting Official Pressure

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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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) mission is to promote democratic values and institutions by reporting the news in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. Our journalists provide what many people cannot get locally:  accurate news, responsible discussion, and open debate.


Of the 21 countries in which RFE/RL broadcasts, none has received a “free” press designation in Freedom House's annual survey of media freedom.  Seven have been labeled “partly free,” and the remaining 14 are unequivocally “not free.”


Because of the work they do, RFE/RL journalists, contributors, and bureau staff members risk intimidation, physical harm, and imprisonment. The Journalists in Trouble page reports on incidents targeting RFE/RL reporters and our non-RFE/RL colleagues in an effort to raise awareness about their situation, mobilize support on their behalf, and document the high price of reporting in places where the media is unfree.

Fault Lines

"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.

Macedonia -- SDMS leader Zoran Zaev shows a list of journalists' names he claims were subjected to wiretapping during a press conference in Skopje, February 25, 2015.

Wiretapping Tightens Stranglehold On Macedonian Media

Paltry coverage of the scandal adds to the outrage over allegations of illegal wiretapping in Macedonia. More

Operation Collateral Freedom

Reporters Without Borders says it will unblock websites banned in countries designated as "Enemies of the Internet" by setting up mirrors, or copies, of the websites, allowing people there to access them.

RSF Unblocks Banned News Websites

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