Tag Archives: Threats to Press

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 Read more »

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Jailed Brothers of RFA Reporter Await Verdicts

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Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service reporter Shohret Hoshur continues to wait to hear the fate of his two brothers, Shawket and Rexim Hoshur, both of whom have been arrested on charges of “endangering state security” and “leaking state secrets” in China. The charges are widely Read more »

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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 Read more »

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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 Read more »

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BBG Marks World Press Freedom Day

Current Time, a joint news program between VOA and RFE/RL serves as a counter to Russian propaganda.

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015)– On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (Sunday, May 3), the Broadcasting Board of Governors reiterates its commitment to defending and celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world.  According to Freedom House, “conditions for the media deteriorated sharply in 2014, as Read more »

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Azeri Authorities Renew Attacks Against RFE/RL Journalists

Khadija Ismayilova tries to greet supporters and journalists outside the Baku courtroom on Januarya 27, when she had her pretrial detention extended.

(WASHINGTON – February 23, 2015)  RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reports that authorities in the country took several actions against its journalists today, continuing a string of attacks that began in December last year. In a closed-door trial that was called suddenly on February 23, investigative journalist and RFE/RL Read more »

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BBG Denounces Harsh Treatment of RFE/RL Baku Journalists, Calls for Bureau Reopening

Baku-based RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalists forced from their bureau during raid by police and investigators, 26Dec2014

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today called on Azerbaijani authorities to cease their investigations of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Baku bureau journalists  and to immediately permit the news bureau to reopen. In the past three days 23 RFE/RL journalists were interviewed by Read more »

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Reporta Cuba Contributor Threatened by Cuban Security Forces

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MIAMI — Nilo Alejandro Gutiérrez, a citizen journalist for Radio/TV Martí’s Reporta Cuba (Cuba Reports), has reported receiving threats from Cuban State Security agents for his involvement in the project. “I was told that my life and my family’s lives are at risk,” said Gutiérrez, Read more »

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BBG Condemns Reported Murder Of U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors strongly condemns the reported beheading of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff by the extremist group Islamic State, and the threat to murder another hostage, David Cawthorne Haines.   “The kidnapping and murders of Steven Sotloff and James Foley Read more »

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BBG Condemns Reported Murder of U.S. Journalist James Foley

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors tonight condemned the reported beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley by the Islamist extremist group Islamic State and the threat to murder another journalist, both of which were featured in a video allegedly produced and released by the group. Read more »

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