Saturday, August 29, 2015


#FreeKhadija

Azerbaijan, Baku - activists barred from courtroom as trial of Khadija Ismayilova begins - roundup screen grab

Rights Group Honors Ismayilova for Courage

Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova receives Human Rights Watch award for 'extraordinary courage.' More


Azerbaijan

Open Season On Azeri Journalists

The fatal beating of an Azerbaijani reporter may reflect a growing sense of impunity over attacks on the country's independent journalists. More


Tajikistan

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

Wikipedia Avoids Closure In Russia

Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor has excluded a Wikipedia article from a blacklist, ending the threat of a possible closure of the Russian version of the website in the country. More


Kazakhstan

Kazakh Sentenced On Ethnic Hatred Charge

​A court in Kazakhstan's northern city of Petropavlovsk has sentenced a man to three years in jail for "inciting interethnic hatred and discord via the Internet." More

8 Kazakhs Jailed On Terror Charges

A court in Kazakhstan's northwestern city of Aqtobe has condemned eight local men to prison for propagating terrorism. More

Kyrgyzstan

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

Armenia

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


Spotlight onTurkmenistan

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

RFE/RL Freelancer Missing In Turkmenistan

The July arrest of RFE/RL Turkmen Service Correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev is the latest in a series of escalating attacks on independent journalists in Turkmenistan. More

Iran

Tehran Reporter's Trial Ends

Jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian should learn his fate "within a week" after his secretive trial on accusations of spying on Iran ended August 10, his lawyer said. More

EU

A demonstrator dressed as a zombie protests in Ukraine against Russian propaganda by stuffing his mouth with newsprint and St. George's ribbons, a symbol used by pro-Russia rebels in the east.

EU Plans To Step Up Fight Against Russian Propaganda

The European Union aims to counter Russian propaganda by boosting support for independent media in "Eastern Neighborhood" countries and increasing awareness of "disinformation activities by external actors," according to a strategic communications action plan seen by RFE/RL. 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 -- SDMS leader Zoran Zaev shows a list of journalists' names he claims were subjected to wiretapping during a press conference in Skopje, February 25, 2015.

Wiretapping Tightens Stranglehold On Macedonian Media

Paltry coverage of the scandal adds to the outrage over allegations of illegal wiretapping in Macedonia. More

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