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RFE/RL Freelancer Missing In Turkmenistan

Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance journalist and contributor to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service went missing on July 7.

The July arrest of RFE/RL Turkmen Service Correspondent Saparmamed Nepeskuliev is the latest in a series of escalating attacks on independent journalists in Turkmenistan. Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance journalist and contributor to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, is reportedly being held in in a temporary detention facility […]

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Radio Free Iraq Signs Off After 17 Years Of Service

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(Washington — July 30, 2015)  RFE/RL’s Arabic Service to Iraq, Radio Free Iraq (RFI) will air its final broadcast on July 31. The resources of RFI will be merged with Radio Sawa Iraq to provide the audience with extensive Iraq-specific news and informational programming. The […]

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National Press Club Honors Azeri Journalist

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(WASHINGTON – July 29, 2015)  Today, the National Press Club presented its highest press freedom prize to jailed Azeri investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova. Ismayilova has been held in pretrial detention in a Baku prison for 234 days on charges many observers link […]

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U.S. Senators Deplore Azerbaijan’s “Politically Motivated Arrests,” Call For Ismayilova’s Release

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(WASHINGTON — July 9, 2015)  A group of 16 U.S. Senators, led by Minority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), addressed Azeri President Ilham Aliyev with growing concern about “a systematic crackdown on human rights and independent civil society” in Azerbaijan, calling on him in a […]

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‘Indispensable Help In Difficult Times’ — RFE/RL Celebrates 20 Years In Prague

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic — July 2, 2015)  This week, RFE/RL marked its 20th anniversary in the Czech Republic in an event convened under the auspices of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and attended by dignitaries from over 22 countries. In his keynote remarks, Prime Minister […]

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Radio Farda Wins Gold, Silver At New York Festivals

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WASHINGTON — RFE/RL’s Persian language service was lauded in New York this week as Radio Farda journalist Roya Karimi Majd’s special report “Tradition of the Blade” won a gold award, and Kambiz Hosseini’s weekly show “Five in the Afternoon” took home a silver award at […]

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RFE/RL Journalists Beaten By Police While Covering Armenia Protests

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YEREVAN, Armenia — In the morning hours of June 23, two RFE/RL Armenian Service correspondents were beaten by police while reporting on a standoff between protesters and police in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Police roughed up at least 10 journalists, including several other members of the […]

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RFE/RL Takes Action In Azerbaijan

RFE/RL Baku office sealed by authorities in Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has closed its Baku bureau, after Azeri authorities sealed the office shut last December in connection with a government-led campaign against foreign organizations. “Azeri authorities have acted illegally and arbitrarily, causing profound, and in several cases permanent, suffering and dislocation for our […]

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Current Time Expanding in Eastern Europe

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WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) — Current Time, a TV news program for Russian-speaking audiences in countries bordering Russia, launched its new weekend edition with shows affording viewers a fresh alternative to Russian-controlled TV. Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) share the mic on Current Time’s […]

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Azeri Journalist’s Jail Sentence Extended on Eve of European Games

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(WASHINGTON – May 15, 2015) An Azeri court ruled on May 14 to extend the imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor who was jailed last December in what is widely viewed as an act of retribution by Azeri authorities for exposing corruption linked to […]

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