Thursday, December 18, 2014


Abuses Uncovered

Belarus Law May Hit Online Media

Lawmakers in Belarus have passed legislation allowing the state to close any Internet news site that receives two warnings about content in a single year. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

Customers queue for fresh meat in Ashgabat.

Journalist Questioned In Turkmenistan Over Fresh Meat Story

It's true that not many media organizations can report from Turkmenistan on a regular basis. RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, does and its correspondents just discovered one of the boundaries in reporting. More

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Persian Letters

Notes Of An Iran Watcher

Professor Sadegh Zibakalam (left) speaks as former legislator Ahmad Shirzad looks on at a conference about Iran's nuclear program at Tehran University on December 17.

Nuclear Program Has 'Hurt Iran More Than Iraq War'

Iran's nuclear activities and ambitions faced rare, blunt criticism at a roundtable at Tehran University, where one of the speakers said the damage done by the nuclear program was greater than that by the 1980-88 war with Iraq, which left tens of thousands dead and caused much devastation. More

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