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
Ihar Losik, RFE/RL Belarus Service journalist, was arrested on June 25, 2020, and accused by authorities of using his popular Telegram channel to “prepare to disrupt public order” ahead of the 2020 presidential elections in the country.
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.
RFE/RL freelance reporter Vladyslav Yesypenko was arrested after attending a peaceful gathering in Simferopol, Ukraine. He was detained on suspicion of collecting information for Ukrainian intelligence and sentenced to six years in prison.
Andrey Kuznechyk, a correspondent for RFE/RL Belarus Service, was detained on November 25, 2021. He was taken from outside his apartment in Minsk by four unidentified men in plain clothes. At the time, no reason for his detention.
VOA contributor Sithu Aung Myint was arrested on August 15, 2021, on charges of incitement and defaming the armed forces and state. On October 6, 2022, he was sentenced to three years in prison for hard labor.
Contributor, RFA Vietnamese service
RFA contributor Nguyen Lan Thang was sentenced to six years in prison and two years of probation on
Alsu Kurmasheva is a journalist with RFE/RL’s Tatar-Bashkir Service. Kurmasheva has been detained by authorities in Kazan, Russia since October 18, 2023. She is charged with failure to self-register as a “foreign agent" and disseminating “fake” news about Russia’s armed forces. #FreeAlsu
Former Videographer and Contributor, RFA Khmer Service
Former Radio Free Asia (RFA) Khmer Service reporter was arrested under suspicion of espionage and could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He is currently out on bail, but remains in legal limbo.
Former Bureau Chief and Reporter, RFA Khmer Service
Former Radio Free Asia (RFA) Khmer Service reporter was arrested over the installation of broadcasting equipment to allegedly report back to the agency’s office without government permission. He is currently out on bail, but remains in legal limbo.