"This is an aggressive act that uses the outrageous pretext of extremism to censor RFE/RL and prevent audiences in Russia and Crimea from learning the truth about the annexation," RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic said in a statement on May 12. "We condemn it as an attack on RFE/RL's operations and the public's fundamental right to freely access information," he added.

UNESCO lauds Ismayilova amid mounting pressure for journalist’s freedom

On World Press Freedom Day, imprisoned Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was named the 2016 recipient of theUNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, as journalists and activists around the world invoked the day’s message to call for her release.

“We Are Europe,” new Georgian prime minister tells RFE/RL

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili used his visit to RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters last week to affirm his government’s commitment to Europe, amidst fraught relations within the region and between the West and Russia over European security, Ukraine, and Syria.