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RFE/RL Russian Service Audio Archives — Now Online

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WASHINGTON –RFE/RL recently welcomed the publication of an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced over decades by its Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda. RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic called the initiative a “shining example of cooperation and commitment” among RFE/RL and […]

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Ismayilova Freed From Prison But Intent On Justice

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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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Crimea Realities Chief Says Ban Won’t Stop Website

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“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.

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UNESCO Lauds Ismayilova Amid Mounting Pressure For Journalist’s Freedom

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(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 […]

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RFE/RL Wins Webby People’s Voice Award

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WASHINGTON — A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award. Watch This Disabled Boy’s World Change In Two Minutes tells the story of a disabled teenager who relies on his friends to push him in his wheelchair everyday […]

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RSF Index Underscores “Desperate Need” in Asia for Reliable Press: RFA President

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WASHINGTON – Media freedom further declined in Radio Free Asia’s broadcast region, according to the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its 2016 Press Freedom Index. Radio Free Asia (RFA) President Libby Liu said the report, which was issued on Wednesday, underscores a […]

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RFE/RL’s “Desperate Honeymoon” Documentary Wins New York Festivals Awards

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WASHINGTON – RFE/RL’s video documentary “Desperate Honeymoon” won Silver and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The documentary follows a newlywed Syrian couple as they flee their war-torn country and make the fraught journey […]

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Czech Republic Honors Klose, Pechacek, RFE/RL For Defending Freedom

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WASHINGTON–Prime Minister of the Czech Republic H.E. Bohuslav Sobotka has honored the former president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kevin Klose, and former RFE/RL Czechoslovak Service director Pavel Pechacek for their “lifelong work for democracy, human rights and freedom” and their “contributions to the transformation […]

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U.S. Lawmaker Congratulates BBG on Russian-Language TV Program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. lawmaker has congratulated two BBG networks for jointly creating and developing a Russian-language TV program that is now carried by 25 media outlets in nine countries mostly in the Russian periphery, including Ukraine. In comments on the floor of the […]

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In Azerbaijan, No Pardon For Ismayilova

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WASHINGTON — Azerbaijan pardoned several political prisoners last week, but RFE/RL reacted with dismay that a leading contributor to its Azerbaijani Service, investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, was not among them. “We are overjoyed for the journalists, human rights defenders, and activists who were released today […]

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