Tuesday, September 30, 2014


If passed by the Federation Council and signed by President Vladimir Putin, the bill would force Russia's top business daily to relinquish its Western ownership.

At Russian Business Daily 'Vedomosti,' Gloom Over New Media Legislation

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


Azerbaijan

Anar Mammadli

Anar Mammadli, A Tireless Rights Advocate

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

Following the sentencing of Azerbaijani youth activists in a Baku court in early May, supporters clashed with police.

Azerbaijan Tightens Screws On Civil Society, Independent Media

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

Leyla Yunus is a fierce critic of Azerbaijan's poor rights record.

Azeri Activist Says Beaten In Jail

Lawyers of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus say that their client has been beaten in pretrial detention. More


Kaliningrad-based actress Maria Avramenko plays a Russian TV reporter trapped in the city of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Action Film Vows 'The Truth' About Ukraine War

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


Iran

Iranian editor and journalist Shahla Sherkat (file photo)

Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners

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

An Iranian man on a motorcycle carries a satellite dish. (file photo)

'Anti-Sunni' Satellite Channels Under Fire In Iran

Iran has closed down the offices of a number of religious satellite channels for creating sectarian rifts. More

HRW Wants Iranian Prisoners Freed

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

Uzbekistan Puts Restrictions On Internet Posts

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

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.

Macedonia -- Journalists scuffle with police officers during a protest in Skopje, October 23, 2013

Big Censorship Fears In Little Macedonia

As Skopje promotes its new look in 2014, journalists warn that pressures below the surface threaten media freedom. More

OSCE

Warsaw - Participants at the 2014 OSCE Human Dimension Meeting demonstrating for the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan--23Sep2014

Russia, Azerbaijan Censured at Annual OSCE Meeting

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

Kosovo

Artan Haraqija

OSCE Condemns Death Threats Against Kosovar Journalist

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

North Caucasus

Timur Kuashev left home on July 31 to go jogging. His body was discovered the following day in woodland some 15 kilometers from his apartment.

Cause of Kabardian Journalist’s Death Still Unclear

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

Moldova

One of the photos from Nelli Tcaciuc's Odnoklassniki account showing her with Metropolitan Vladimir.

Moldovan Newspaper Threatened Over Orthodox Metropolitan's Vacation Pics

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

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.