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Intimidation Continues In Iran Despite New Government

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PRAGUE – RFE/RL’s Persian language Service, Radio Farda, has reported several recent instances of intimidation targeting reporters’ relatives in Iran, despite widespread expectations that the new government of President Hassan Rohani would usher in a period of more moderate politics and ease societal tensions. In Read more »

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Acting Head Kevin Klose Appointed RFE/RL President And CEO

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WASHINGTON -  Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Jeffrey Shell today announced that distinguished journalist and broadcast executive Kevin Klose has accepted an offer, unanimously supported by the BBG, to serve as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In its capacity as RFE/RL’s corporate Read more »

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Azerbaijani Press Launches New Attacks On Khadija Ismayilova

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Azerbaijan has ratcheted up its invective against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, attacking her integrity and accusing her of being a “slave” to the U.S., following a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Baku condemning media attacks against her. Ismayilova, author of reports for RFE/RL disclosing Read more »

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Threats Escalate Against RFE/RL’s Azeri Reporter Ismayilova

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WASHINGTON, DC – RFE/RL calls upon the Azerbaijani government to investigate a blackmail and intimidation campaign against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, following the July 26 online release of a new video containing intimate and illegally obtained images of her. In addition to posting the video, Read more »

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RFE/RL Reports Interference With Its Signal To Azerbaijan

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WASHINGTON – RFE/RL has documented a pattern of disruption of its satellite news programming to Azerbaijan that could indicate a new level of deliberate interference, a practice known as jamming. The practice is a violation of international telecommunications regulations. Since April 28, 2013, RFE/RL’s weekly Read more »

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Radio Farda Investigative Report Wins Silver In New York

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vahid Pourostad, a reporter with RFE/RL’s Persian Language Service, Radio Farda, was a Silver Radio Winner at the 2013 New York Festivals International Radio Programs and Promos Awards for his radio documentary, “Solitary Confinement.” The program, an 18-part journey to what Pourostad calls “these solitary Read more »

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As Elections Loom, So Do Threats Against Radio Farda

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WASHINGTON -  With elections set for next week, authorities in Iran have stepped up harassment of family members of Radio Farda journalists in an apparent effort to undermine one of the few independent news sources available to voters. “The harassment has intensified in the past several weeks, as Read more »

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RFE/RL’s Turkmen Correspondent Released From Custody

WASHINGTON – Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service correspondent who spent two weeks in police custody in Turkmenabat, was released today under circumstances that have yielded little information about his ordeal. Acting RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose welcomed Yazmuhamedov’s release, saying, “We’re very happy he’s Read more »

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Ten Days After Detention, Fate Of RFE/RL Turkmen Correspondent Is Unknown

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  WASHINGTON – Despite multiple requests to Turkmen authorities, RFE/RL is unable to obtain any information about the condition of Turkmen Service correspondent Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, 30, who was detained on May 6 by local police in the northeastern city of Turkmenabat. RFE/RL Acting President and CEO Read more »

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Belarus Prosecutor’s Office Warns Radio Svaboda Journalist

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WASHINGTON , DC – Veteran Belarus Service journalist Aleh Hruzdzilovich was officially warned by the Minsk municipal prosecutor’s office about violating Belarus’ “Law on Mass Media.” Any subsequent warning could result in Hruzdzilovich being stripped of his official accreditation to work as a journalist in Belarus. Read more »

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