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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 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 4, The Diplomat posted an analysis by RFE/RL Radio Mashaal editor Daud Khattak on "Pakistan’s Counterproductive Dismissal of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement."

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 26, The Hill cited RFE/RL's reporting on the massive protests in Armenia in an article on the peaceful revolution underway in that country.

On April 22-24, numerous outlets including 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 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 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 May 12, Yahoo News UK (via Storyful) re-posted RFE/RL Georgian Service video of Thousands protested outside Georgian parliament buildings on Saturday, May 12, after police were criticized for using excessive force during raids on nightclubs in Tbilisi early that morning.

The Western Journal cited RFE/RL reporting on Russian government acknowledgement of two Russian bombers flying within 200 miles of the Alaskan coast.

Financial Tribune cited RFE/RL reporting on China's assurance to Iran that it will continue to import its crude, despite the United States’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal that will now be followed by sanctions targeting the Iranian oil industry.

On May 11, Slate cited RFE/RL and other US international media outlets in an article on Google and Amazon's decision to block so-called "domain fronting," a method to break through Internet censorship efforts by foreign governments.

Kyrgyzstannews.net re-posted an RFE/RL article on the recent beating of a Turkmen Service contributor in Turkmensitan's capital, Ashgabat.

Malaysia Sun re-posted an RFE/RL article on the swearing in of Mahathir Mohamed as Malaysia's next prime minister.

Eurasia Review cited RFE/RL Belarus Service reporting in an article on Belarus' failure to crush a pro-Russian march to mark Victory Day.

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."

Eurasia Review re-posted an RFE/RL article on Israeli claims that Iranian missiles fired from Syria struck targets in Israel's Golan Heights.

On May 9, The Media Express cited RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting in an article on Iran's ban on the use of the Telegram messaging service.

On May 8, PEN America and IFEX ​linked to RFE/RL Uzbek Service reporting on the release of RFE/RL Uzbek Service contributors Bobomurad Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov.

Eurasianet cited RFE/RL Turkmen Service reporting on recent developments in Turkmenistan.

nova.bg linked to RFE/RL reporting on the election of opposition leader Nikol Pashinian as Armenia's next Prime Minister.

Payvand linked to RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting on pessimism in the Iranian press over the fate of the country's nuclear deal wit thye West.

On May 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported on the release of RFE/RL Uzbek Service contributors Bobomurad Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov, the last jailed journalists in Uzbekistan.

Yahoo News UK (via Storyful) re-posted RFE/RL Armenian Service video of System of a Down rocker Serj Tankian joining an opposition rally in Armenia.

Payvand re-posted RFE/RL Radio Farda reporting on Iran sentencing 16 women to prison on charges of being Islamic State (IS) militants.

On May 6, the National Review's Jay Nordlinger cited RFE/RL President Tom Kent and former President Jeff Gedmin in an article that also commemorated the three journalists RFE/RL lost to a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 30.

On May 5, ​The Guardian interviewed RFE/RL journalist Frud Bezhan for an article on the deaths of 9 journalists, including three from RFE/RL, in an April 30 suicide bombing in Kabul, and AlJazeera's "The Listening Post" interviewed RFE/RL's Malai Bashir for a segment on the perils of beign a journalist in Afghanistan. Epoch Times also reported on the fallen journalists, while Modern Diplomacy cited RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan in an overview of U.S. activities in Afghanistan.

Yahoo News UK, The Quint, Business Standard, New Delhi Times, Telegana Today, and ANI re-posted RFE/RL video (via Storyful) and cited reporting on the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of otehrs during anti-Putin protests in Moscow.

Payvand re-posted an RFE/RL article on Iranian President Hassan Rohani's criticism of a court order blocking the Telegram messaging service within Iran.

On May 5-7, Seznam zpravy (Czech Republic) posted RFE/RL video reports on criminal involvement in illegal amber mining in Ukraine, the plight of the elderly in eastern Ukraine, and a Russian circus training academy in Siberia.

On May 4, The Diplomat posted an analysis by RFE/RL Radio Mashaal editor Daud Khattak on "Pakistan’s Counterproductive Dismissal of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement."

Eurasia Review re-posted an RFE/RL article on EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's criticisms of a Moldovan investigation into the 2014 disappearance of more than $1 billion from the country's banking system.

JAMNews reported that RFE/RL Ekho Kavkaza contributor Tamara Mearakashvili was acquitted on charges that the defendant had called "Illegal and groundless."

Payvand re-posted an RFE/RL Radio Farda article on shops in the Iranian Kurdish city of Baneh staying closed for a 19th consecurtive day to protest government restrictions on importing foreign goods.

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