Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Iraq - Irbil. Camp for displaced persons from Mosul 18Jun2014

As ISIL Advances, RFI Reports

As extremist militants spread into northern and western Iraq, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq is on the ground, keeping local audiences informed of events. More

Media mogul Boris Lozhkin (left) with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Poroshenko's Right-Hand Man Emerges

In one of his first moves, new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has named media mogul Boris Lozhkin as his chief of staff. Is he the "anticrisis manager" that can get the government to focus on the tasks at hand without unnecessary power struggles? More

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia in RFE/RL's Baku bureau in April 2013

Azeri Rights 'Dramatically’ Worse

In 2009, advocates of democratic reforms – in particular opposition political parties – already faced difficulties participating in Azerbaijan’s political life, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia said in June 11 testimony before the U.S. Helsinki Commission. More


Kazakhstan -- A logo with #FreeOrken hashtag shared by Facebook supporters of RFE/RL Kazakh service correspondent Orken Bissenov.

After Eurasian Economic Summit, RFE/RL Correspondent Released

Orken Bissenov, a correspondent with RFE/RL's Kazakh service, was released on June 1 after being arrested while on a reporting assignment and jailed on charges of 'minor hooliganism.' More


Afghanistan - Residents of Qarqeen district of Jowzjan province complain about harassment from Turkmenistan border guards, May 6, 2014.

Breaking The Silence In Turkmenistan

RFE/RL's Turkmen service's on-the-spot reporting of pressing local issues has residents talking--and officials responding. More


Iraq -- Photo of Baghdad bureau Chief of Radio Free Iraq Mohammad Bdiwi Owaid Al-Shammari, undated

RFE/RL Mourns Slain Baghdad Bureau Chief

Dr. Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari was shot and killed at a checkpoint near his office in a tragic incident. 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


Google, YouTube Still Blocked In Tajikistan

Internet users in Tajikistan report that Google services, including YouTube and the Gmail electronic mail system, remain inaccessible, despite protests by international organizations. More


Uzbek authorities have been taking steps to ensure they keep a tight hold over all TV broadcasts. (file photo)

Uzbek Broadcasters Set To Self-Destruct

Uzbekistan's cabinet of ministers met on April 14 and sent out the word -- all the country's television and radio stations have to rig their facilities to be blown up. More

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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.