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



On July 5, ​Reuters, AP, Washington Post, TASS, Moscow Times, National Review, and other media outlets report about the fine imposed by a Moscow court on RFE/RL for alleged non-compliance with a Russian law designating the media company a "foreign agent.".The U.S. State Department, OSCE, and BBG also reacted.

On June 19, The Washington Post and cited RFE/RL reporting in an editorial on harassment and arrests in cities throughout Russia of 17 Jehovah's Witnesses.

On May 30, ​NPR, BBC, New York Post, The Week, Washington Post, Inqusitr, Townhall,, Newshub (New Zealand), and other outlets cited RFE/RL reporting on the reappearance of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko in Ukraine, where he had agreed to play a role in a Ukrainian security service (SBU) sting that involved him faking his murder in order to thwart an assassination attempt.

On May 14, The New York Times cited RFE/RL's interview with Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky in an article on the nerve-agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

On May 10, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by RFE/RL journalist Abubakar Siddique, "Pashtun people power is jolting the military establishment in Pakistan."

On May 2, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and IHS Jane's 360 linked to an RFE/RL interview with a U.S. State Department official confirming that Javelin antitank missiles had been delivered to the Ukrainian military.

On April 30, AP, AFP, UPI, Reuters, Anadolu Agency, The Guardian, The Independent, Al Jazeera, BBC, ABC News, NBC News, Deutsche Welle, New York Daily News, ThinkProgress, Townhall, Broadcast & Cable, Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and numerous other outlets reported on the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed at least nine journalists, including three associated with RFE/RL.

On April 22-26, numerous outlets including The Hill, The Washington Post, CTV News (Canada), The Daily Telegraph (Australia), Yahoo TV (Taiwan), MSN News, Rumble, NPR, euronews, NRT Kurdistan, Scoopnest, and Euromaidan Press and Charter 97 (Belarus) linked to RFE/RL Armenian Service video and RFE/RL Current Time content on the massive anti-government protests in Armenia that led to the sudden resignation of new Prime Minister (and former President Serzh Sarkisian.

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 July 10, Coda.Story published an article on RFE/RL's Current Time TV (in cooperation with VOA), titled "Don't Call Us Information Warriors".

Newsweek posted two articles citing RFE/RL reporting, one on a woman sentenced to two years in prison in Iran for removing her headscarf, and a second on a shepherd arrested in Georgia for allegedly killing an American family.

South China Morning Post interviewed RFE/RL photojournalist Amos Chapple for an article about his reporting on mammoth tusk hunting in Siberia.

World Tribune cited RFE/RL reporting in an article on efforts in the U.S. Senate to block the sale of F-35 jet fighter aircraft to Turkey.

Daily Caller cited RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan reporting on a suicide boming in Afghanistan, claimed by ISIS, that killed at least 12 people.

Eurasianet cited RFE/RL Turkmen Service reporting on pressure by the Turkmenistan government on students to give up their studies abroad and return. home.

UNIAN cited RFE/RL Crimea Desk reporting about the alleged torture by the Russian FSB of a Crimean Tatar close to Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev. cited RFE/RL reporting on TUrkish President Recep Tayyip Erogan's short visit to Azerbaijan, one day after he was inagurated for a new term in office.

JAMNews cited RFE/RL Russian Service reporting about a popular social media meme from the soccer World Cup, which evoked for many associations with large-scale corruption.

Eurasia Review re-posted RFE/RL reporting on U.S. President Trump's criticism of NATO allies and their defense spending in the days prior to a key NATO summit.

Times of Central Asia cited RFE/RL Kazakh Service reporting in an article on the 209th anniversary of Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

Breitbart News and Payvand cited RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting on a second day of anti-government protesting over water shortages in southern Iran.

On July 9, Moscow Times, TASS, and RT reported on the Russian government's reaction to U.S. State Department criticism of Russia's "selective targeting of RFE/RL and VOA under Russia’s law on ‘foreign agent’ media outlets."

Breitbart News and Washington Free Beacon cited RFE/RL reporting on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

Express Tribune cited RFE/RL Radio Farda's interview with the newly-appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Javid Rehman.

Transitions Online, European Interest, and Focus News cited RFE/RL reporting on the EU's decision to freeze aid for Moldova until Moldovan authorities recognize the result of the Chisinau mayoral election and conduct transparent fraud investigations.

Ukrinform cited an interview with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service by Ukrainian NATO delegation head Vadim Prystaiko in an article about Ukraine's participation in the NAT Summit over the objections of Hungary.

From July 6-9, The Week, Washington Enquirer (twice) and Newsmax cited references to RFE/RL in an interview with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) about the recent visit to Moscow by eight Members of Congress led by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

On July 8, Newsweek cited RFE/RL reporting on proposals by Iranian officials to block or filter Instagram within Iran, after police detained a teenager who posted dance videos to her Instagram page.

Payvand cited RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting in articles on new protests in southern Iran over water shortages, and possible corruption involving illegal car imports.

Eurasia Review re-posted RFE/RL reporting on Turkey's dismissal of more than 18,000 civil servants over suspected links to groups that “act against national security.”

On July 7, Al Arabiya cited RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's order that President Hassan Rohani report on a perceived "lack of financial transparency" involving currency exchange allocations.

On July 6, Reuters (via Pakistan Today), AFP (via i24 International), Reuters (via Business Insider), CBS News (via WCTV-TV, WDEF-TV), euronews, EP Today, STL News, Imperial Valley News, Washington Examiner, The Drum, The Times of Israel, Al Arabiya, Kuwait News Agency, The Wire (Pakistan), and other media outlets reported on the State Department's criticism of Russia over a fine levied against RFE/RL in a Moscow courtroom under the law on "foreign agent" media outlets.The Diplomat cited RFE/RL Uzbek Service reporting in an article on an ethnic Uzbek U.S. citizen who was recently detained and fined while visiting relatives in Uzbekistan on allegations of having links to a terrorist group. cited an RFE/RL Armenian Service report on statements by U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills that recent political changes in Armenia will help bring new trade and investment to the South Caucasus country.

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