Friday, November 21, 2014

Russian Federation


Austria -- OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović, at the Permanent Council in Vienna, January 16, 2014

OSCE Condemns Azerbaijan's "Hostile Attitude' Toward Media

The OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media condemned escalating attacks against the media in Azerbaijan. More

Oslo - 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award recognizes 98 political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

Sakharov Prize Goes to Azeri Political Prisoners

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee awarded the 2014 Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award to all political prisoners in Azerbaijan. More

IREX NGO's Exit From Azerbaijan 'A Blow' Says U.S. Official

The United States says the U.S. nongovernmental organization IREX's decision to halt its work in Azerbaijan amid pressure from authorities will hurt democracy-promotion efforts in the country. More


Activists Slam Rohani For Claiming No Journalists Jailed

A group of Iranian journalists has openly criticized President Hassan Rohani for claiming that reporters are not being jailed in the Islamic republic. More

Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi were arrested in Tehran on the night of July 22.

Iran Frees Imprisoned Journalist Salehi

Tehran has reportedly freed Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi on bail, but her husband -- "Washington Post" correspondent Jason Rezaian -- remains in detention. More

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


Journalist protest in front of the provincial legislature in Balochistan in September.

In Balochistan, Violence Continues to Target Journalists

Officials have failed to address the assassinations, kidnappings, and threats that continue to target journalists in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province. More


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

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

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.

Azerbaijan -- Journalist Khadija Ismayilova summoned to the Prosecutor General's office, February 19, 2014.

‘Every Civil Society Leader In Azerbaijan Is In Trouble’

Currently under a travel ban, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova speaks about Azerbaijan’s attack on civil society, and the lack of a credible international response. More


Tajikistan Unblocks Popular Websites

It was again possible to open Facebook, Wikipedia, popular Russian social networks, and Tajik online sites as of October 13. More


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


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

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


Websites Reportedly Blocked In Tajikistan

Internet users in Tajikistan say hundreds of websites, including Facebook and YouTube, have been inaccessible in the Central Asian country since October 5. 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.