Thursday, April 17, 2014


RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Chief Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari

RFE/RL Mourns Slain Baghdad Bureau Chief

Dr. Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari, the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL's Iraq Service, Radio Free Iraq (RFI), was shot and killed at a checkpoint near his office in an incident that company managers have called tragic, senseless and shocking. More

Iraqi journalists hold a protest over the killing killing of RFI journalist Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid al-Shammari on March 23.

Iraq Papers Protest Journalist's Death

Dozens of Iraqi newspapers refused to publish on March 23 to protest the killing of a prominent RFE/RL journalist by a man who witnesses said was a member of the Iraqi presidential guard. More

Iraqis in Baghdad mourned Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari one day after the shooting, which allegedly was committed by a member of President Jalal Talabani's guard.

U.S. Condemns Killing Of Iraqi RFE/RL Journalist

The United States has condemned the killing of the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq. More

Azerbaijan -- Journalist Khadija Ismayilova summoned to Prosecutor General's office, 19Feb2014

Ismayilova a 'Female Free Speech Hero'

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the Index on Censorship recognized Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova among eight women "who fought for freedom of expression in the last year." More

Media Freedom

Belarusian journalist Henadz Barbarych sits in a courtroom in Minsk last April after being arrested for disobeying the police at a rally to mark the anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster.

Video Media Freedom 'Bleak' In Ex-Soviet Space

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the situation with freedom of information in the former Soviet republics is getting "bleaker every year." More


Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE representative on freedom of the media (file photo)

OSCE Hails Macedonia Reforms

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) representative on freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatovic, has hailed Macedonia's recently adopted media laws. More


Farshid Manafi, moderator of "Pas Farda," Radio Farda's satire program.

Video 'Pas Farda' Laughs Out Loud In The Face Of Censorship

Radio satire show spoofs status quo in Iran, where 35 years after the Islamic Revolution, dissenting voices are scarce. More

"Aseman," a former weekly magazine, had been published in its current form for only six issues.

Reformist Iranian Daily Shut Down

A newly launched reformist Iranian daily has been suspended by the authorities over an article in which the Islamic law of retribution was described as inhumane. More

On February 14, 1989, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ruled that British writer Salman Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" was "blasphemous against Islam" and an Iranian religious foundation offered a bounty for the author's assassination.

Photogallery Iran Cleric Calls Rushdie Fatwa 'Golden Page'

Tehran's Friday Prayers leader, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sadighi, has said the fatwa issued by the founder of Iran's Islamic republic against British writer Salman Rushdie is a "golden page" in the life of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. More


Article 19 and International Media Support - No Justice for Journalists in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia

This report, issued upon the 10th anniversary of the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze, looks at the emergence of a climate of impunity and the chilling of freedom of expression in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.

Committee to Protect Journalists - Attacks on the Press 2010

This annual survey shows that intimidation is the tool of choice by governments and groups that seek to control information. Scaring journalists works, and it's the local correspondents who bear the brunt of the threat.

Freedom House - Freedom in the World 2011

Freedom House's annual survey of global rights and liberties finds that 2010 was the 5th consecutive year in which global freedom suffered a decline, and highlights the truculence of the world's most authoritarian regimes.

Human Rights Watch - World Report 2011

HRW's 21st annual report surveys human rights conditions in over 90 countries. The authors claim that, with increasing frequency, governments that might exert pressure for human rights improvement are accepting the rationalizations and subterfuges of repressive governments, favoring private “dialogue” and “cooperation” over more hard-nosed approaches.

Human Rights Watch - Hungary's Media Law

HRW calls Hungary's newly enacted media law 'problematic' in a recent statement and warns that the country is moving in the wrong direction with regard to EU principles and values.

Committee to Protect Journalists - 2010 Prison Census

In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, CPJ named Iran and China the 'world's worst jailers of the press,' each responsible for the imprisonment of 34 journalists in a year that was the worst on record since 1996. Uzbekistan is also cited for jailing journalists. CPJ identified 145 reporters, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1, 2010.


Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad, his wife, and two children are buried in Kabul on March 23.

Slain Afghan Journalist And Family Buried

Hundreds of mourners turned out in pouring rain for the funeral of Sardar Ahmad, AFP's senior reporter in Afghanistan, together with his wife and two of their children. More


Kazakh Blogger Jailed For 'Hooliganism'

A Kazakh blogger has been sentenced to 15 days in jail on minor hooliganism charges. More


Tajik Independent Newspaper's License Annulled

The chief editor of "Hafta" (The Week) weekly, Hikmatyor Hikmatzoda, says that the Culture Ministry has withdrawn the license because the newspaper has covered issues that were not outlined in the periodical's charter. More


According to rights groups, journalists and civil activists in Turkmenistan are often the subject of police harassment. (file photo)

Six Weeks Reporting From Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan has been called an isolationist state and a "hermit kingdom" for many reasons, but one reason is surely the difficulty of getting objective information from the country. More


Pakistan, January 03, 2014: Journalists in Karachi protest against the killing of local journalist Shan Dhar.

The Taliban's War on Journalists

Pakistan's journalists say they are on the frontline in the country's struggle against the Taliban, and are demanding that the government protect them. More

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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.