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
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.
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.
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.