Sunday, February 14, 2016


Turkmenistan--RFE/RL correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev. Youtube screengrab.

UN Working Group Finds Journalist's Detention Arbitrary

A UN body has found that Turkmenistan violated numerous international norms in the case of the independent journalist and that his detention is arbitrary. More

Austria -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a press conference following a day of meetings in Vienna, October 23, 2015.

In Central Asia, Kerry Must Demand Release of Imprisoned Journalists

Rights groups have called on the U.S. Secretary of State to insist on the release of imprisoned journalists during his visit to Central Asia this week. More

Turkmenistan -- Photo from Ahalteke magazine of Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov with Akhalteke horse.

As US-Turkmen Talks Commence, Rights Groups Demand Freedom for Nepeskuliev

The bilateral talks come on the heels of rising urgency in the region, but rights advocates demand that Turkmenistan's human rights record be discussed. More

Turkmenistan -- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, October 27, 2014.

What's Behind the Crackdown in Turkmenistan?

Turkmenistan, long ranked as among the world's most closed societies, is waging an unprecedented campaign against the few independent journalists and activists seeking to provide an alternative to the government's monopoly on information. More

Turkmenistan--RFE/RL Freelance Correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev. Youtube screengrab.

Mother of Jailed Turkmen Journalist Deplores Official Silence

In a telephone conversation with RFE/RL's Turkmen service, the mother of imprisoned journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliev deplored the lack of information about her son's case. More


The Taliban said that Afghanistan's private networks were "propaganda networks."

Taliban Target Afghan TV Networks

The Taliban has declared two of Afghanistan's major television networks and their employees legitimate targets due to their alleged "disrespectful and hostile actions" against the militant group. More


Video RFE/RL Video Deleted At Tajik Trial

Russian officers in the 109th garrison court in Dushanbe confiscated and partly deleted video material from a high-profile trial covered by RFE/RL's Tajik Service. More

Bad News: Tajikistan Tells Officials To Speak First To State Media

Dushanbe's new directive to officials to speak first to the state news agency could dramatically reduce independent journalists' access to information. More


In a new propaganda video an IS militant speaks in unaccented Kyrgyz with a subtitled translation of his words in Russian.

IS's First-Ever Kyrgyz Recruitment Video

​For the first time, the militant group Islamic State (IS) has released a propaganda and recruitment video specifically addressing Muslims in Kyrgyzstan. More


WATCH: Armenian Protesters Confront Police

Video Armenian Police Target Journalists In Violent Crackdown

Police attempted to end a days-long street protest in the Armenia by forcibly dispersing participants and journalists. But the heavy-handed approach, which included the direct involvement of a top national police commander, has sparked a furious response at home and abroad. More


Turkey -- A police officer arrests and grabs the throat of an employee of Bugun newspaper and Kanalturk TV during a protest in Istanbul against the government's crackdown on media. Oct. 28, 2015.

World Editors Urge Erdogan to Protect Media Rights

Dozens of editors have expressed alarm about attacks on the media in Turkey and called on the country's president to respect the rights of journalists. More

Resolution 262

#FreeThe20 campaign poster showcasing 20 women political prisoners whose release is being sought.

U.S. Senate Resolution Seeks Freedom For Women Political Prisoners

The resolution is backed by all 20 women senators in the chamber, and calls for the release of Khadija Ismayilova, among other political prisoners. More

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