Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is alarmed at increasing pressure directed against its investigative journalists in Ukraine, following no fewer than three incidents in recent months.
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Threats to Press
Former Bureau Chief and Reporter, RFA Khmer ServiceFormer 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.
Former Videographer and Contributor, RFA Khmer ServiceFormer Radio Free Asia (RFA) Khmer Service reporter was arrested under suspicion of espionage and could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
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.
Correspondent, Alhurra TVThe Alhurra correspondent went missing while reporting in Aleppo, Syria, in August 2012.