Thursday, October 23, 2014


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.

Ukraine--RFE/RL Ukrainian Service Correspondent Levko Stek on the front line of the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army near Debal'cevo, eastern Ukraine. September, 2014.

Reporting The Facts From A Foxhole

RFE/RL’s award-winning Ukrainian service correspondent has provided unflinching coverage from the country's most embattled regions. 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.