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.

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 as they report on regions in conflict or transition. The BBG strongly condemns these actions, which violate international standards by suppressing independent media and targeting journalists doing their jobs.

Uzbekistan targets RFE/RL family members

A flag on a pole waving in the wind

A court in Uzbekistan has upheld a decision to sentence the brother of an RFE/RL journalist to eight years in prison on drug-related charges, the latest in a series of cases that appear to target family members in retaliation for their relatives’ reporting.

Nguyễn Ngọc Già

Blogger and contributor to RFANguyen Ngoc Gia 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

Contributor, RFE/RL Turmken 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.

Bashar Fahmi

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

Fallen journalists
Photo of Almigdad Mojalli

Almigdad Mojalli

Killed 1/17/2016

Photo of Mohammed Ali Nuxurkey

Mohammed Ali Nuxurkey

Killed 3/19/2013

Photo of Mukarram Khan Aatif

Mukarram Khan Aatif

Killed 1/16/2012

Photo of Alisher Saipov

Alisher Saipov

Killed 10/24/2007

Photo of Nazar Abdulwahid al-Radhi

Nazar Abdulwahid al-Radhi

Killed 05/30/2007

Photo of Khamail Muhsin Khalaf

Khamail Muhsin Khalaf

Killed 04/05/2007

Photo of Ogulsapar Muradova

Ogulsapar Muradova

Killed 09/14/2006

Photo of Abdul-Hussein Khazal

Abdul-Hussein Khazal

Killed 02/09/2005

Photo of Iskandar Khatloni

Iskandar Khatloni

Killed 09/21/2000

Photo of Ricardo de Mello

Ricardo de Mello

Killed 01/18/1995

Photo of Georgi Markov

Georgi Markov

Killed 09/11/1978

Photo of Abdulrachmann Fatalibey

Abdulrachmann Fatalibey

Killed 11/20/1954

Leonid Karas

Killed 11/1954

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

John LansingBBG CEO and Director