Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists have been targeted in no fewer than 38 incidents in at least 12 of the countries they cover in 2017, in what the company has called “relentless pressure” on its journalistic mission.
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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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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