On April 12, RFE/RL's Daud Khattak participated in a discussion on the topic "What’s Next for Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations?" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
On April 11, RFE/RL's Noah Tucker will speak at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on the topic "Uzbekistan After Karimov: An Update."
Tucker participated in a George Washington University Central Asia Program workshop on "Islamic Education and Knowledge Transmission in Central Asia" on April 10.
RFE/RL's Daud Khattak published an analysis in The Diplomat on "The New Cold War Politics in Afghanistan."
Newsweek quoted RFE/RL's Brian Whitmore, the author of "The Power Vertical" blog, in an article, "Why Russia's Reaction to Terror is All About Strengthening Putin's Power."
On April 9, a Washington Post editorial on violence against gays in Chechnya cited a 2006 RFE/RL Russian Service interview with Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (her last before she was assassinated), and links to RFE/RL reporting.
On April 8, Yahoo News (via Storyful) posted RFE/RL Balkan Service video of anti-government protesters taking to the streets of Belgrade in opposition to President-elect and current Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.
On March 20-23, RFE/RL’s Emily Thompson participated in Czech Radio’s Prix Bohemia Radio festival in Olomouc, Czech Republic as a panelist for the public discussion on “Fake News—Disinformation, Lies, and Propaganda,” and as a jury member for the international Radio Reportage competition that considered more than a dozen outstanding entries from Visegrad countries and Germany. During the panel discussion, well attended by Czech journalists and journalism students, Thompson highlighted RFE/RL’s initiatives to combat the spread of fake news and disinformation, including Polygraph.info and Current Time, and discussed the specific challenges faced by RFE/RL’s journalists working in countries without freedom of the press that are increasingly under the specter of disinformation. Thompson also encouraged the student audience to be “ambassadors of the truth,” on social media. “We all have friends on Facebook who occasionally share fake news, and there is nothing easier than to send a polite message linking to a fact checking website or reliable news site that debunks the story if it’s false, and let them know it didn’t happen quite the way they think.”
On April 5, RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service director Venera Djumataeva was interviewed on TRT World television about Russian authorities identifying a Kyrgyz national as a suspect in the St. Petersburg Metro bombing.
The Washington Post cited RFE/RL reporting about Iran’s chess federation kicking a teenage chess prodigy off its the national team in an article on "Women forced to run indoors while men compete outside in Iran’s first marathon."
On April 4, Forum 18 cited RFE/RL Kazakh Service reporting about two lawyers who represented a Jehovah's Witness on trial in Astana themselves now becoming the focus of a criminal investigation.
Politico cited comments by Senator John McCain about RFE/RL in an article about Senator McCain's criticism of the Trump Administration's Syria policy.
On April 2, Naharnet, Hetq, and Trend News Agency reported on an attack on RFE/RL Armenian Service reporter Sisak Gabrielian, who was investigating allegations of vote-buying during Armenia's national parliamentary election.