Saturday, December 20, 2014


Journalist Khadija İsmayilova entering a courtroom in Baku, Azerbaijan, 5 Dec 2014

Azerbaijan Jails Khadija Ismayilova

Ismayilova, a prominent investigative journalist who contributes to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, has been sentenced by a court in Baku to two months of pretrial detention. More


Parliamentary deputy and former journalist Serhiy Leshchenko holds a placard reading "Stop the Ministry of Truth" and equating the move with Nazi tactics as he protests during a pause in a session of the parliament in Kyiv on December 2.

'No Big Brother!' Ukrainian Journalists Oppose Kyiv's New Ministry Of Information

Ukrainian journalists are protesting the government's creation of a new Ministry of Information that Kyiv says is needed to confront Russian propaganda. Some journalists fear their own efforts to gather truth could become subject to oversight. More

Russian Federation

Critics fear editor in chief Aleksei Venediktov's (left) Ekho Moskvy will back down in its criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin's government.

Outcry At Ekho Moskvy Social-Media Plan

Russia's Ekho Moskvy radio station has told RFE/RL it is drafting rules for its employees’ behavior on social media after its state-controlled owner pressured the broadcaster over a journalist's message on Twitter. 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

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

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.

Ukraine -- Oleksiy Matsuka, host of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service program "Donbas Realities." Kyiv, October 15, 2014.

Ukrainian Reporter Lauded For Courage

For his tireless investigative reporting in the face of great personal risk, CJFE is honoring Oleksiy Matsuka with its 2014 International Press Freedom Award More


Mikhal Karnevich

RFE/RL Reporter Fined In Belarus

An RFE/RL correspondent has been fined after a court ruled that he had violated legislation on public gatherings in Belarus. More


Tajik NGOs Fear Limits On Foreign Grants Could Force Closures

Nongovernmental organizations in Tajikistan are concerned over new legislation that restricts their access to foreign grants. 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.