WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 — Elated but defiant, RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova walked out of prison in Baku today after Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court suspended her jail sentence, vowing to take the Azerbaijani government to court to hold it accountable for concocting a case against her on […]
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A Voice of America reporter was arrested and beaten by police in Angola while on assignment Tuesday, May 24. “I am outraged that VOA’s journalist in Luanda was so viciously attacked simply for doing his job,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation of VOA reporters […]
Today is a great day, but it is only one step in a long fight for press freedom in Azerbaijan. We remain committed to informing, engaging and connecting the people of Azerbaijan in support of freedom and democracy, and we look forward to celebrating more press freedom victories like today’s.
For too long – 537 days –Khadija has been separated from her family and friends and prohibited from serving the Azerbaijani people with her investigative reporting. I welcome her release and I hope that it is an indication that change is coming to Azerbaijan when it comes to press freedom.
“I am appalled that these VOA journalists, who were only doing their job of reporting accurate information, were beaten and harassed by security forces,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation only generates an opposite effect. VOA will not be deterred in its efforts to seek out and share the truth.”
“This is an aggressive act that uses the outrageous pretext of extremism to censor RFE/RL and prevent audiences in Russia and Crimea from learning the truth about the annexation,” RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic said in a statement on May 12. “We condemn it as an attack on RFE/RL’s operations and the public’s fundamental right to freely access information,” he added.
Washington, D.C. – Iraqis are increasingly turning to the internet, social media and mobile phones to learn about news and other developments, although television remains their dominant source for information, according to research presented on Wednesday at a briefing conducted by the BBG and Gallup […]
(WASHINGTON — May 3, 2016) On World Press Freedom Day, imprisoned Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was named the 2016 recipient of theUNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, as journalists and activists around the world invoked the day’s message to call for her […]
“Freedom of the press is a basic tenet of our democracy and a staple of a free and open society. Upholding press freedom is the top priority of the BBG in its efforts to support accurate, objective journalism around the world. Our networks play a […]
WASHINGTON — The Voice of America and the Kigali-based digital media company Hooza have signed an agreement making VOA’s VOA60 Afurika program in Kinyarwanda available to mobile subscribers on the MTN Rwanda and Airtel Rwanda networks. “Increasingly, people are using their mobile phones to access information that is […]