United States Agency for Global Media

USAGM denounces raid of RFE/RL offices in Belarus, detention of correspondents

The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) condemns the latest display of aggression against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reporters in Belarus, which occurred today when state security officers raided RFE/RL offices in Minsk and stormed the homes of the network’s journalists, detaining two. 

RFE/RL condemns Belarus bureau raid, detention of journalists

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) strongly condemns today’s arrest in Belarus of two RFE/RL correspondents as well as the raiding of its bureau in the Belarus capital, Minsk. This latest assault on independent media in Belarus occurred as the country approaches the one-year anniversary of the August 9 rigged election to reinstall leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka for a sixth term as president.

Cubans turn to Radio and Televisión Martí for unprecedented coverage during protests

Radio and Televisión Martí provided critical coverage of the massive July 11 anti-government protests throughout Cuba, helping audiences stay informed on the rapid developments as well as sort fact from fiction amidst Cuban government propaganda. The Martís – radio, TV, and digital platforms of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) – are the premier international broadcaster delivering journalistically sound, fact-based news and information focusing on audiences in Cuba.

RFA names new Executive Editor, Managing Editor following retirement of veteran journalist

Radio Free Asia (RFA)’s President Bay Fang has named Min Mitchell to the post of Executive Editor following the retirement of head of editorial and programming Parameswaran Ponnudurai. Mitchell will oversee RFA’s company-wide editorial operations, including its nine language services and online affiliate BenarNews, which together serve the populations of 11 countries in Asia. Nadia Tsao, formerly RFA Mandarin Director, will replace Mitchell as the Managing Editor for East Asia.

Yesypenko detention extended six months in closed-door hearing in Russian controlled Crimea

RFE/RL President Jamie Fly condemned today’s decision by a court in Russian-controlled Crimea to extend by six months the detention of RFE/RL freelance reporter Vladyslav Yesypenko. This latest Kremlin-backed move to target independent media outlets was announced during a closed-door hearing today in Simferopol regarding Yesypenko’s politically motivated case. The next hearing is scheduled for July 15.