Tag Archives: Threats to Press

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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Reporting in dangerous environments

Elizabeth Arrott, VOA

Our journalists Elizabeth Arrott (VOA) and Yehia Kassem (Alhurra) participated in a Reddit AMA to answer questions about the hazards to journalists reporting on areas in conflict, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. They were joined also by Delphine Halgand, the 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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RFE/RL’s Baghdad Bureau Chief Shot Dead

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

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi presidential guard has shot dead the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Mohammed Bdaiwi Obaid al-Shammari. The shooting occurred on March 22 at the gate of the compound housing RFI’s offices in Jadriyah neighborhood. Witnesses said Shammari was driving Read more »

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