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Prominent Azerbaijani Journalist Sent To Two-Month Pretrial Detention

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BAKU — A court in Baku has ordered that an investigative journalist with RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, Khadija Ismayilova, be held in pretrial detention for two months. Ismayilova was summoned to appear in the Sabail District court in Baku court on December 5 over a case in Read more »

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Azerbaijan Bars Journalist from Testifying on Corruption

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) urged Azerbaijan to respect the work of independent journalists in remarks made on Capitol Hill yesterday. Senator Cardin, who is co-chair of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, presided at a hearing on “Combating Corruption in the Read more »

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Democracy in Action: BBG Networks Bring Midterm Elections to the World

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WASHINGTON – As voters went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, the media networks within the Broadcasting Board of Governors showcased democracy in action and engaged global audiences with the democratic process. The Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Read more »

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New TV Show Brings ‘Facts, not Lies,’ to Russian Speakers

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WASHINGTON (October 14, 2014) – A new Russian-language TV news program that launched today will provide audiences in countries bordering Russia with a balanced alternative to the disinformation produced by Russian media outlets that is driving instability in the region. “Current Time,” or “Nastoyashchee Vremya” in Russian, Read more »

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Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko Hail RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service On Sixtieth Anniversary

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WASHINGTON – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian Service marked its 60th anniversary on September 18 at an event in Kyiv, attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and hosted by the Prague Freedom Foundation. In keynote remarks, Yatsenyuk said, “Empires Read more »

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BBG Audience Reach Doubles in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — The audience of U.S. international media (USIM) networks in Ukraine has doubled in the past year, according to newest polling data from a nation-wide survey conducted in April 2014. The findings show that each week, one in five adults (20.8%) in Ukraine (including Read more »

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RFE/RL, VOA Partnership Boosts Georgian Broadcasts

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(WASHINGTON – May 7, 2014)  RFE/RL’s Georgian Service, known locally as Radio Tavisupleba, expanded its broadcasts to 18 hours today, via FM transmitters leased from Radio Green Wave, the Service’s longtime broadcast affiliate in Georgia. RFE/RL executives say the expansion on Green Wave’s nationwide network Read more »

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Amid Declining Media Freedom, RFE/RL Presses Ahead

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(WASHINGTON – May 2, 2014) Despite new lows in the free exchange of information and ideas, RFE/RL journalists are reporting the news in some of the world’s most hostile environments. “Our reporters do this work because they believe in it, not only as a basic Read more »

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Killing of RFI Baghdad Bureau Chief Prompts Shock, Outrage Among BBG Board

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WASHINGTON (March 22, 2014) — The senseless death today of the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq has shocked the members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, who called for the immediate arrest of the Iraqi presidential guard accused in his shooting. “Dr. Read more »

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RFE/RL’s Baghdad Bureau Chief Shot Dead

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BAGHDAD – An Iraqi presidential guard has shot dead the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Mohammed Bdaiwi Obaid al-Shammari. The shooting occurred on March 22 at the gate of the compound housing RFI’s offices in Jadriyah neighborhood. Witnesses said Shammari was driving Read more »

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