A district court in Baku ruled in favor of a lawsuit blocking access within Azerbaijan to the website of RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, Radio Azadliq.
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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.
Blogger and contributor to RFANguyễn 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.
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.
Citizen journalist and videographer, contributor to RFAHoá 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.
“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