RFA president statement in response to the release of former RFA Khmer Service journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin.
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Our journalists, under threat
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.
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. LansingUSAGM CEO and Director