Chinese authorities have long targeted Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service journalist Shohret Hoshur for his coverage of sensitive issues in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Last year, Shohret’s three brothers were jailed for “violating state security laws” and allegedly “leaking state secrets” after discussing the sentencing of one of the brothers in a phone call with Shohret. In early January, after being briefed by RFA about the situation, CPJ published a blog entry about the case, which prompted The Washington Post and news wires (AP, AFP, and Reuters) to also file reports. The case has also been mentioned in recent editorials responding to attacks on media freedoms around the world.
Audiences around the world were able to witness one of the fundamental elements of American democracy as President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress on January 20. The networks of the BBG provided comprehensive coverage of the address, as well as the Republican response by Senator Joni Ernst, to countries such as Cuba, Ukraine, Russia, Iraq, Iran and China via radio, television and the Internet.