This map tracks the courageous journalists reporting for Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia, and the threats that they face on a regular basis.

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Our journalists, under threat

The right to free and open access to news and information should be universal, but threats to a free press persist. Journalists reporting for the BBG networks face risks every day. The BBG strongly condemns these actions, which violate international standards by suppressing independent media and targeting journalists doing their jobs.

RFE/RL Journalists Assaulted In Armenia

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists were assaulted in Armenia while covering the mass rallies against Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. Their live coverage of the developments have been used by various media outlets worldwide.

Nguyễn Ngọc Già

Blogger and contributor, RFA Vietnamese ServiceNguyễn Ngọc Già was sentenced to a four-year prison term with another three years on probation for carrying out “propaganda against the state” according to article 88 of the penal code.

Saparmamed Nepeskuliev

Photographer and contributor, RFE/RL Turkmen ServiceNepeskuliev was detained by agents of Turkmenistan’s National Security Ministry on July 7, 2015, in the western city of Avaza, and he has been held incommunicado since.

Nguyễn Văn Hoá

Videographer and contributor, RFA Vietnamese ServiceHoá is being held in violation of Article 258 of Vietnam’s penal code, for “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state,” an offense that carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

Stanislav Vasin (Aseyev)

Blogger and contributor, RFE/RL Ukrainian ServiceStanislav Aseyev, who writes under the name Stanislav Vasin, was reported missing since June 2, 2017. He was forcibly disappeared by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s war-torn eastern Donetsk region.

Bashar Fahmi

Correspondent, Alhurra TVThe Alhurra correspondent went missing while reporting in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2012.

Fallen journalists

Ali Nur Siad

Killed 10/14/2017

Almigdad Mojalli

Killed 01/17/2016

Mohammed Ali Nuxurkey

Killed 03/19/2013

Mukarram Khan Aatif

Killed 01/17/2012

Alisher Saipov

Killed 10/24/2007

Nazar Abdulwahid Al-Radhi

Killed 05/30/2007

Khamail Muhsin Khalaf

Killed 04/05/2007

Ogulsapar Muradova

Killed 09/2006

Abdul-Hussein Khazal

Killed 02/09/2005

Iskandar Khatloni

Killed 09/21/2000

Ricardo de Mello

Killed 01/18/1995

Georgi Markov

Killed 09/11/1978

Abdulrachmann Fatalibey

Killed 11/20/1954

Leonid Karas

Killed 09/1954

“Threats to the free practice of journalism are a denial of basic human rights and must not be supported by any government.”

John F. LansingBBG CEO and Director