United States Agency for Global Media

This map tracks the courageous journalists reporting for Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia, and the threats that they face on a regular basis.

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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 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.

Recently released journalists

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Stanislav Vasin (Aseyev)

Blogger and contributor, RFE/RL Ukrainian Service

Stanislav Aseyev, who writes under the name Stanislav Vasin, was arrested on June 2, 2017, by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine’s war-torn eastern Donetsk region. Two and a half years later, on December 29, 2019, Aseyev was released as part of an exchange between the separatists and Ukrainian authorities.

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Oleh Halaziuk

Blogger and contributor, RFE/RL

Oleh Halaziuk was detained by Russia-backed separatists in August 2017, in connection with his reporting on the effects of the conflict on daily life in the region. Two years later, on December 29, 2019, Halaziuk was released as part of an exchange between the separatists and Ukrainian authorities.

Jailed journalists

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Nguyễn Văn Hoá

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.

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Truong Duy Nhat

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.

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Le Anh Hung

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.

Missing journalists

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Bashar Fahmi

Correspondent, Alhurra TV

The Alhurra correspondent went missing while reporting in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2012.

Fallen journalists

Sabawoon Kakar

Killed 04/30/2018

Abadullah Hananzai

Killed 04/30/2018

Maharram Durrani

Killed 04/30/2018

Ali Nur Siad

Killed 10/14/2017

Almigdad Mojalli

Killed 01/17/2016

Mohammed Ali Nuxurkey

Killed 03/19/2013

Mukarram Khan Aatif

Killed 01/17/2012

Alisher Saipov

Killed 10/24/2007

Nazar Abdulwahid Al-Radhi

Killed 05/30/2007

Khamail Muhsin Khalaf

Killed 04/05/2007

Ogulsapar Muradova

Killed 09/2006

Abdul-Hussein Khazal

Killed 02/09/2005

Iskandar Khatloni

Killed 09/21/2000

Ricardo de Mello

Killed 01/18/1995

Georgi Markov

Killed 09/11/1978

Abdulrachmann Fatalibey

Killed 11/20/1954

Leonid Karas

Killed 09/1954


Threats to the free practice of journalism are a denial of basic human rights and must not be supported by any government.