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RFE/RL Condemns Pressure Tactics Against Moscow Bureau

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WASHINGTON — On March 18, RFE/RL’s Moscow bureau administrator was approached at her home by two unknown men identifying themselves as journalists with Russia’s NTV channel in search of personal information. The men, one of whom had a video camera and sought to film the […]

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“We Are Europe,” New Georgian Prime Minister Tells RFE/RL

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili used his visit to RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters last week to affirm his government’s commitment to Europe, amidst fraught relations within the region and between the West and Russia over European security, Ukraine, and Syria. The Feb. 23 […]

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RFE/RL Journalists Remain Behind Bars, Despite Demands for Release

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WASHINGTON — On February 5, RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova will mark 14 months behind bars in an Azeri prison, despite widespread condemnation of her case and high-profile demands for her release. The day also marks the 38th birthday of RFE/RL Turkmen contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, who has been […]

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New RFE/RL Fellowships Support Independent, Investigative Journalism

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic–December 23, 2015)  RFE/RL has welcomed the 2015-2016 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows to its Prague offices for an eight-month program of professional development aimed at supporting independent journalists in countries lacking a free press. This year’s Havel Fellows are: Knar Khudoyan, Armenia; Zaur Gurbanli, […]

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“Airport Donetsk” Wins Prestigious Russian Documentary Film Prize

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic – December 18, 2015)  An unflinching portrait of one of the epic battles in the war between Russia and Ukraine has been named the Best Non-Fiction Short TV Film in Russia’s prestigiousArtDocFest film festival, and brought new recognition to Current Time’s intrepid journalistic […]

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One Year After Ismayilova Arrest, Bill Proposes Sanctions on Azerbaijan

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(WASHINGTON – December 17, 2015) One year since Azeri authorities raided and shut RFE/RL’s Baku bureau and imprisoned prominent contributor Khadija Ismayilova, U.S. Representative Chris Smith has introduced a landmark bill denying U.S. visas to senior members of Azerbaijan’s government. The December 16 announcement came as Rep. Smith […]

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One Year On, Imprisoned Azeri Journalist Remains Defiant, Inspires New Work

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(WASHINGTON — December 4, 2015)  On December 5, prominent journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova will mark her first year in prison on charges that are widely regarded as retribution by Azeri authorities for her reporting exposing corruption among the country’s leadership. RFE/RL has announced that it will launch […]

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New TV Program Brings Facts, Not Lies, To Central Asia

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(WASHINGTON – October 29, 2015)  A new, nightly, current affairs program is providing Russian-speaking television audiences in Central Asia with a balanced and compelling alternative to Russian and Chinese-dominated media in the region. Current Time Asia, launched on September 21, airs on television stations in […]

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Azerbaijan Targets Another RFE/RL Reporter

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(Washington – September 29, 2015)  Police in Baku have ransacked an apartment and seized equipment belonging to an RFE/RL free-lancer in the latest incident in an unrelenting campaign targeting the country’s independent press. Islam Shikhali, a free-lance video journalist working for RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani service, was not […]

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In Blow to Independent Media, Azerbaijan Sentences Ismayilova to 7 1/2 Years

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  (WASHINGTON, September 1, 2015)  A Baku court today sentenced investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison on charges widely believed to be retribution for her reporting on corruption linked to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and members of his […]

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