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A running tally of RFE/RL news exclusives, citations, and expert appearances in leading global media.


Summary

RECENT RFE/RL HIGHLIGHTS:

On March 29, The National Review posted to its website an article, "Still Broadcasting Freedom," on RFE/RL's continuing mission and relevance in an era of disinformation and distrust in mass media [the article will run in the magazine's April 16 edition].

On March 19, RFE/RL's Christopher Miller was interviewed on Cheddar's Opening Bell morning program about the Russian presidential elections.

On March 14, Meduza, Dozhd, Ekho Moskvy, The Insider, Newsru, Grani.ru, Nieusuur (Netherlands), Kyiv Post, UNIAN, StopFake, 112.ua, and OCCRP cited a joint RFE/RL-RISE Project investigative report that located "Carlos," the ex-convict behind one of the most enduring Moscow-friendly hoaxes of the MH17 airline tragedy -- the alleged Spanish air-triaffic controller who claimed on Twitter that two Ukrainian fighter jets had flown close to the Boeing 777 shortly before it disappeared from the radar.

On March 11, Seznam Zpravy (Czech Republic) posted RFE/RL videos as well as a video interview with RFE/RL Washington correspondent Mike Eckel on Russian President Vladimir Putin's March 1 'State of the Nation' speech and the upcoming Russian presidential election.

On March 2, ​The American Interest posted an article by RFE/RL President Thomas Kent, in which he argues that "doomsayers are too quick to predict the inevitable decline of democracy. As the example of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty shows, a smart investment in 'new power' efforts can lay the foundation for a democratic renewal."

On January 19, the Committee To Protect Journalists, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, Las Vegas Sun, Dawn (Pakistan), ARY News (Pakistan), AFP (via The Express Tribune), Hindustan Times (India), ​Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Anadolu Agency (Turkey), and Namibia Press Agency reported on the Pakistani government's decision to close the Islamabad bureau of RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal.

On April 5, Kyiv Post cited an investigation by the Schemes program of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in an article on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko being forced to announce that the Ukrainian government wold sign an agreement in May to accept two patrol vessels from the U.S. as military aid, after three years of delays, possibly because accepting the ships could take business away from a Kyiv-based shipyard co-owned by Poroshenko.

UNIAN cited RFE/RL Ukrainian Service reporting that, despite mutual expulsion by Ukraine and Russia of diplomats in connection with the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence agent and his daughter in England, 37 Ukrainian diplomats continue to work in Russia.

Ukrinform cited RFE/RL Ukrainian Service reporting on claims by prominent Russian lawyer Mark Feygin that detained Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko may be able to return to Ukraine this summer as part of a prisoner exchange with Russia.

The Wall Street Journal cited RFE/RL reporting on the conviction of the son of a former Moldovan president on corruption charges.

New Europe cited RFE/RL reporting in an article on the Russia-Iran-Turkey summit on Syria.

Transitions Online cited RFE/RL reporting on U.S. efforts to revoje the citizenship of two convicted former Bosniak veterans veterans of the 1990's Balkan wars..

Romania-Insider cited RFE/RL reporting about the scenario of a fictional, graphic story about future warfare published online by the U.S. military's Army Cyber Institute (ACI) that starts with a union between Moldova and NATO member Romania in the year 2027.

On April 4, The American Interest cited RFE/RL reporting on suspected massive vote fraud during the recent Russian presidential elections.

Eurasia Review re-posted RFE/RL reporting on U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with his counterparts from Estonia (Kersti Kaljulaid), Latvia (Raimonds Vejonis), and Lithuania (Dalia Grybauskaite).

Institute for Peace and War Reporting cited RFE/RL Uzbek Service reporting on Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev's vows to reign in the country's powerful National Security Service (SNB).

Balkan Insight cited RFE/RL Balkan Service reporting on threats that Romania and Cyprus would not participate in an event where “Kosovo is treated as a state and where this country is promised the future of European integration”.

Justice for Kurds re-posted an RFE/RL article on the Russia-Iran-Turkey summit meeting on Syria.

On April 3, UNIAN cited RFE/RL's interview with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) of the imminent delivery of U.S. defensive weapons, including Javelin anti-tank weapons, to the Ukrainian military.

RealClearPolitics cited RFE/RL reporting on the visit of the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania to the White House to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump; the four presidents then held a joint news conference.

Breitbart News cited RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting on a prominent Iranian parliamentarian calling the popular messaging application Telegram “a security threat.”

Dawn (Pakistan) cited RFE/RL reporting in an article on Pakistan-U.S. relations.

Just About Turkey linked to RFE/RL reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to Turkey to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Eurasianet cited RFE/RL Tajik Service reporting in an article on the rising tensions between Russia and Tajikistan concerning whose airlines should be allowed to operate flights between the two countries.

Asbarez Armenian News re-posted RFE/RL Armenian Service reporting on tax breaks fuelling the growth of new information technology firms in Armenia.

Talk Media News cited RFE/RL reporting in an article on U.S. military engagement in north-central Syria.

Open Democracy cited RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service reporting in an article on Azerbaijani govenrment worries about political activity by emigre Azerbaijanis living in Europe and the U.S.

On April 2, Ozy interviewed RFE/RL Belarus Service journalist Yuri Drakakhrust for an article on Belarus' efforts to establish a separate national identity from Russia.

National Review cited RFE/RL reporting on RT editor Margarita Simonyan's effusive reaction to the re-election of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Nation (Pakistan) and Small Wars Journal re-posted RFE/RL Radio Mashaal reporting on the challenge of finiding common ground in discussions between Pakistan and the U.S.

Ukrinform cited RFE/RL Ukrainian Service reporting on a hunger strike by jailed Crimean farmer Volodymyr Balukh, which has entered its third week. Balukh was imprisned for hanging a Ukrainian flag in front of his home on the Russia -occupied peninsula.

OCCRP cited RFE/RL Russian Service reporting on the arrest of Russian billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov on embezzlement charges in Moscow.

bne Intellinews cited an RFE/RL Balkan Service interview with the head of Macedonia's main opposition political party, VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, in an article on plans by the party to file a no-confidence motion against the Social Democrat-led government whenit ends its boycott of parliamentary activity.

Eurasia Review re-posted RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan reporting that Afghanistan's election authorities have set October 20 as the date for long-delayed legislative and district council elections.

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