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CPJ Director Speaks to BBG, VOA About Protecting Journalists

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Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon visited the Broadcasting Board of Governors yesterday to speak with senior editors at the Voice of America and senior executives from the International Broadcasting Bureau about the challenges of keeping journalists safe in today’s media environment. Threats Read more »

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Alhurra Journalists on the Front Lines

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Every day, Alhurra Television’s dedicated team of journalists regularly risk their lives to bring viewers the latest news and information from the Middle East. On Sunday, July 13th, Alhurra correspondent Maithem Al Shibani and his cameraman were embedded with an Iraqi military convoy in North Read more »

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Citizen Journalists Attacked, Martí Programming Seized in Cuba

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MIAMI- Cuban authorities have violently arrested several citizen journalists and confiscated their recording equipment along with DVDs containing Television Martí programming.  Five reporters who frequently contribute to Martí Noticias were assaulted during a July 4th crackdown. The following day, dozens of additional disks containing TV Read more »

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RFE/RL Reporter Detained in Kazakhstan

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Seven activists in Astana who protested against Kazakhstan’s entry into the Eurasian Economic Union (EES) have been sentenced to jail terms of up to four days. In addition, three journalists who covered the May 27 protest in the town of Ilyinka, near Astana, were sentenced Read more »

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

RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Chief Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari

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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Azerbaijani Prosecutors Pursue “Absurd” Allegations Against Ismayilova

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(WASHINGTON – February 20, 2014) RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalist Khadija Ismayilova was questioned for the third consecutive day today by Azerbaijan’s General Prosecutor’s office, on allegations that she leaked state secrets to U.S. congressional aides visiting Baku. The U.S. Embassy and RFE/RL’s President and CEO Kevin Klose Read more »

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Azerbaijan’s “Spy Network” Charge Escalates Pressure On RFE/RL Journalists

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(WASHINGTON — February 18, 2014) Accusations of espionage were made against two journalists from RFE/RL’s Azerbaijan Service this week, marking an escalation of longstanding campaigns to silence them. Investigative reporter and Radio Azadliq journalist Khadija Ismayilova was summoned to Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General’s office today as a witness in Read more »

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BBG, RFE/RL Condemn Journalist Beatings in Ukraine

Two RFERL Ukrainian journalists were beaten while covering the protests. In this side by side, their bruises and injuries are apparent.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) Chairman Jeff Shell and RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose expressed outrage at the bloody attacks by police on dozens of journalists in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, including RFE/RL Ukrainian Service reporter Dmytro Barkar and cameraman Ihor Iskhakov. Read more »

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U.S. Media Condemn Attacks on Euromaidan Journalists

Pro-European Union activists attend a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Tens of thousands of activists rallied in the center of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, while the organizers of the weeks-long anti-government protests looked for a future strategy amid dwindling numbers and a continuing government crackdown on the protesters. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Harassment, intimidation and attacks on independent journalists, including of those of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Voice of America, have spiked in the wake of mass protests in Kyiv, Ukraine. RFE/RL reports a smear campaign targeting veteran journalist Vitaliy Portnikov, intended Read more »

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RFE/RL Coverage Disrupted By Internet Attacks

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RFE/RL has been experiencing Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attacks intermittently since 5 am EST Sunday, December 8. RFE/RL technical staff is currently working to isolate fake traffic and block further disruption to its operations, and every effort is being made to maintain access Read more »

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