A new investigative series by Radio Free Asia highlights concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy in mainland China.
BBG’s Director of Internet Freedom talks about initiatives to provide unfettered access to the internet.
From pomp and circumstance to prayer services, BBG networks provided wide-ranging coverage of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service correspondent Kubanychbek Joldoshev was named 2016 Journalist of the Year by the Committee for Protection of Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan. Joldoshev was recognized for his complex investigative reporting throughout the year. The commemorative diploma and “balbal” statuette were presented to Joldoshev by politician Elmira Ibraimova at a public reception held on December 23, 2016. The 36-year-old graduate of Osh State University has worked for the local newspaper Osh Shamy (The Torch of Osh) in addition to being a correspondent for RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk since 2009. Joldoshev was severely beaten by three unknown assailants on November 2, 2009, in an attack which he said was politically motivated and likely connected with his professional journalism activities. He suffered head injuries and broken bones in the attack.
The Kazakh Service’s website won second place in the Best Bilingual Website category of the Kazakh National Internet Awards. The Radio Azattyq website is published in both Russian and Kazakh.
RFE/RL journalist Halina Abakunchyk was recognized by the Belarusian Association NGOs of Belarus as the “Journalist of the Year” for her coverage of Belarus’ civil society in 2016. The recognition is one of the annual Civil Society Champions awards. Abakunchyk is a journalist for RFE/RL’s Belarus Service, Radio Svaboda, and was credited with “the most thorough and versatile lighting of relevant activities in the non-governmental sector.” At the award ceremony, Chairman of the Assembly’s Working Group Siarhiej Mackievic noted: “We hope that Civil Society Champions award will give impetus to new initiatives that expand the space of democracy in Belarus and contribute to national revival”.
Photojournalist Amos Chapple was recognized by the science journal, Nature, for a photograph from his multimedia essay, “The Mammoth Pirates.”
Mykhailo Tkach was awarded the Triumph Award in the category “Best Reporter of 2016.”
The Kyiv Post named RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondent Natalie Sedletska, the host of the Service’s popular anti-corruption show “Schemes,” one of the “30 Under 30” to watch. The award is given to “young Ukrainian leaders who have won fame, success, and acclaim at an early age.” The Kyiv Post describes Sedletska as one of Ukraine’s most prominent investigative journalists. Sedletska joined Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague on a Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship. At the end of her fellowship, she received an offer from the RFE/RL’s Ukrainian service to create her own show. She now leads a team of some 15 journalists, producers and editors working on the program which covers corruption and other topics.
RFE/RL journalists Natalia Sergheev (Moldovan Service) and Alexander Blumberg (Multimedia Unit) were awarded the 2016 Young ADAMI Media Prize.