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 USAGM networks face risks every day. USAGM strongly condemns these actions, which violate international standards by suppressing independent media and targeting journalists doing their jobs.
Cases We're Watching
Freelance correspondent, Radio Liberty
Tatyana Voltskaya, a freelance correspondent for Radio Liberty in St. Petersburg, is appealing the fine of 30,000 rubles that a court in St. Petersburg imposed on her in December 2020 for spreading false information about the coronavirus.
Social media consultant, RFE/RL
Ihar Losik, social media consultant, RFE/RL Belarus Service, was arrested on June 25, 2020, and accused by authorities of using his popular Telegram channel to “prepare to disrupt public order” ahead of 2020 presidential elections in the country.
RFE/RL and Ukrainian Public Television
The right to free and open access to news and information should be universal, but threats to a free press persist. Journalists reporting for USAGM networks face risks every day as they report on regions in conflict or transition.
Contributor, RFE/RL’s Russian Service
Russian journalist and RFE/RL contributor, Svetlana Prokopyeva was charged with publicly justifying terrorism. Prokopyeva denies the charges and claims the case is an attempt by Russia to curtail freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Videographer and contributor, RFA Vietnamese Service
Hoá 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.
Contributor and blogger, RFA Vietnamese Service
RFA Vietnamese contributor and blogger went missing on Jan. 26 after seeking political asylum with a UN refugee agency in Thailand.
Contributor, VOA Vietnamese Service
VOA contributor Le Anh Hung was arrested on July 5th, 2018 on the charges of "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, lawful rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens” under Article 331 of Vietnam’s 2015 Penal Code. If convicted, he could save up to seven years in prison.
Contributor, RFA Vietnamese
Nguyen Tuong Thuy, contributor to RFA, received an 11-year prison sentence for “making, storing, and disseminating documents and materials for anti-state purposes.”
Reporter and Blogger, VOA Vietnamese Service
VOA Vietnamese freelance blogger, Pham Chi Dung, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “dangerous actions” against the Hanoi government.
Correspondent, Alhurra TV
The Alhurra correspondent went missing while reporting in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2012.
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