The Best of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Reporting
July 1-31, 2007
Iraqi National Security Advisor Highlights Saudi Role in Insurgency During Radio Free Iraq Interview...
...Correspondent reports from Kurdish Region Threatened by possible Turkish Invasion
** The Director of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq, Sergey Danilochkin, may be reached by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Radio Free Iraq's website is at http://www.iraqhurr.org/; English-language news about events in Iraq can be found at http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/iraq.html
Radio Free Afghanistan First to Report Death of Former King...
When former Afghan king Mohammad Zahir Shah died on July 22, Radio Free Afghanistan was the first domestic media outlet to report the news. As part of its coverage, Radio Free Afghanistan interviewed Zahir Shah's biographer, Wreiz Stanikzai, about the impact that the former king had on post-Taliban Afghanistan; broadcast the July 24 funeral ceremonies live from Kabul; and held a roundtable discussion of Zahir Shah's legacy with the Minister of Commerce, an Afghan historian, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.
...Interviews Arrested Journalists...
When two Afghan journalists were arrested in early July after criticizing the government, Radio Free Afghanistan devoted extensive coverage to the story, including interviews with both journalists. Mohammad Asif Nang, the editor of the government magazine "Peace Jirga," was detained on July 1, while Kamran Mir Hazar, editor of the kabulpress.org website, was taken into custody on July 4. Besides interviewing the two journalists, Radio Free Afghanistan gathered reactions from Afghan media unions and foreign NGOs, and held a two-hour roundtable about the difficult media climate in Afghanistan.
...Reports On Pardoning Of 14-Year Old Attempted Suicide Bomber
Radio Free Afghanistan reported on a 14-year old Pakistani would-be suicide bomber named Rafiqullah, who was caught by Afghan forces in Khost on July 7 while on a mission to blow up an Afghan provincial governor. The young man was pardoned on July 15 by President Hamid Karzai. Radio Free Afghanistan interviewed experts on terrorism and religious leaders about the use of children in war. The terrorism experts asserted that it is rare, but not unusual, for insurgents to use children, while the religious leaders condemned the use of children in fighting for any purpose.
** The Director of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Akbar Ayazi, may be reached by email at <email@example.com>. Radio Free Afghanistan's website is located at http://www.azadiradio.org/; English-language news about events in Afghanistan can be found at http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/afghanistan.html
Russian Service Reports from Bush-Putin Summit in Maine
Correspondent Slips Into Pro-Putin Youth Group Retreat
Kasparov Takes Questions During Russian Service Program...
...Covers Prominent Lawyer Who Flees Country, Fearing Prosecution...
...Berezovsky Discusses Murder Plot...
...Interviews Khakamada, Zhirinovsky, Ryzhkov...
...Airs Interview With Both Sides of South Ossetia Dispute
On July 9, RFE/RL's Russian Service aired interviews from both sides of the dispute between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia. Correspondent Andrei Shary interviewed Eduard Kokoity, the Russia-backed president of the breakaway South Ossetia Republic and Dmitry Sanakoev, leader of the pro-Georgia provisional administration of Tskhinvali region. Kokoity had refused to participate in a joint discussion with Sanakoev, so each answered questions separately (In Russian: http://www.svobodanews.ru/Article/2007/07/09/20070709201400943.html
** The Director of RFE/RL's Russian Service, Maria Klein, may be reached by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The Russian Service's website is at http://www.svobodanews.ru; English-language news about events in Russia can be found at http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/russia.html
Belarus Service Examines Link Between Spy Claims,
Sacking of KGB Chairman...
In July, RFE/RL's Belarus Service looked into the possible links between two major news events -- an announcement that the KGB had uncovered and arrested a group of spies who tried to sell defense secrets to Poland and the unexpected dismissal of the chairman of Belarus' KGB. The service contacted key players in the Belarusian Interior Ministry and KGB, aired reactions from governmental officials, parliamentary deputies, opposition and civic leaders and cited Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka's comments about the dismissal. The service also analyzed, during several days of roundtable discussions, various explanations for the dismissal, including fears of corruption and disloyalty in the security services; fears that security services were building up warring, independent power bases; and an effort by Lukashenka to make room for a younger generation of leaders allied to Lukashenka and his son Viktar. Comments made during these roundtables were widely cited in the Belarusian independent press and on many Belarus-language websites. In addition, the service aired profiles of both the former and new KGB chairman, gave listeners reviews of the domestic and foreign press, and solicited opinion during "man on the street" interviews (http://www.svaboda.org/articlesfeatures/politics/2007/7/0D42DBE6-2A1C-4539-99F5-DD28EAC24321.html
...Participates in Literary Festival
Four of the thirty authors who participated in a month-long Belarusian literature festival in Brno, Czech Republic are associated with RFE/RL -- Belarus Service Director Alexander Lukashuk, broadcasters Siarhej Ablameiko and Maksim Srur and RFE/RL Regional Analyst Jan Maksymiuk. Termed a "month of author readings" and enjoying the patronage of Czech Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg, the festival also included such well-known writers as Uladzimier Arlou, Ales Razanau, Uladzimier Niakliajeu, Leanid Dranko-Majsiuk, Barys Piatrovich and Andrej Khadanovich.
** The Director of RFE/RL's Belarus Service, Alexander Lukashuk, may be reached by email at <email@example.com>. The Belarus Service's website is at http://www.svaboda.org/; English-language news about events in Belarus can be found at http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/belarus.html
Georgian Service Focuses on Tensions in South Ossetia...
...Interviews PACE President Rene Van Der Linden on Armenian Media Restrictions
A Georgian Service correspondent interviewed Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe president Rene Van Der Linden during his early July visit to Tbilisi, where he met with Georgian officials as part of a tour of the South Caucasus region. During that interview, Van Der Linden criticized attempts by Armenia's parliament to place restrictions on foreign broadcast media, including RFE/RL Armenian Service broadcasts (http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/07/24ea2102-d9e8-4612-be53-2388a8888b64.html
** The Director of RFE/RL's Georgian Service, David Kakabadze, may be reached by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The Georgian Service's website is at http://www.tavisupleba.org/; English-language news about events in Georgia can be found at http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/georgia.html
South Slavic Service Marks Anniversary of Srebrenica MASSACRE...
...Interviews British UN Ambassador on Draft Kosovo Resolution
During a July 19 interview with British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce, RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service became the first media in Kosovo to report that Russian objections would keep the UN Security Council from voting on a draft resolution addressing the future status of Kosovo. Ambassador Pierce also urged Serbia to be more constructive during negotiations on Kosovo's status: "What Serbia offers for Kosovo today is less that what the Serbian minority in Kosovo gets through Ahtisaari's plan." The interview was widely quoted by local media (http://www.europaelire.org/programs/interview/2007/07/20070719115753.asp
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