Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Yelizaveta Bohutskaya

Self-Exiled Blogger: 'Crimea Is A Big Prison'

Crimea blogger Yelizaveta Bohutskaya says freedoms are dwindling in the annexed peninsula, which she fled this week after her home was raided by security forces. More


Islamic State Killings

Bahrain -- US freelance journalist Steven Sotloff during a work trip in Manama near Lulu Roundabout, October 26, 2010

BBG Condemns Sotloff Murder

The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors condemned the beheading of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff by the extremist group Islamic State, while reiterating demands for information about missing Alhurra TV reporter Bashar Fahmi. More

U.S. -- US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 20, 2014.

Obama: 'World Appalled' By Foley Beheading

U.S. President Barack Obama has said the whole world is appalled by the beheading of American journalist James Foley by jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) group. More

Syria -- U.S. freelance reporter James Foley in Aleppo, November 5, 2012

BBG Condemns Reported Foley Killing

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has condemned the reported beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley by the Islamist extremist group Islamic State and the threat to murder another journalist in connection with U.S. action in Iraq. More


Azerbaijan

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights

CoE Slams Baku For Rights Violations

The Council of Europe's human rights chief has harshly criticized Azerbaijani authorities over what he says is the deterioration of human rights and basic freedoms in the oil-producing Caspian Sea country. More

Azerbaijan - İlgar Nasibov - 22Aug2014

Journalist Is Brutally Beaten in Naxcivan

In the latest incident targeting independent activists and journalists in Azerbaijan, photographer Ilgar Nasibov was badly beaten in Naxicivan. More

U.S. Condemns Beating Of Azerbaijani Journalist, Rights Activist

The United States has condemned the beating of an Azerbaijani journalist and rights activist in the country's Naxcivan exclave. 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


Russia -- Aleksander Margolin, Ilya Gushchin and Aleksei Gaskarov (L-R), charged with rioting on Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012, are seen in a cage during the announcement of the verdict in a Moscw court, Aug. 18, 2014

Jailed Russian Blogger Describes Bolotnaya's 'Finale'

Russian blogger Alexei Gaskarov is among the latest in a series of Russian activists to be imprisoned on charges of rioting at a protest on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May, 2012. He has continued blogging from his cell. 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

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

Belarus

Belarus Bars TV Channel From Using Name

The Supreme Court in Belarus has barred a Polish company from using the name Belsat TV in a ruling the broadcaster called "another attack on independent media" in the former Soviet republic. 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

North Caucasus

Journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev was found dead on August 1.

OSCE Calls For 'Thorough Investigation' Of Kabardian Journalist's Death

The OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, issued a statement on August 4 calling for a thorough investigation into the death of Kabardian journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev. 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.