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

RFE/RL photojournalist Amos Chapple, during a live interview on CTV News (Canada), June 19, 2017



Between June 16-23, numerous websites including Reddit, Bored Panda, Digg, Imgur, Daily Mail, Konbini, DIY Photography, Hacker News, IFL Science,, CTV News (Canada), Nine News (Australia), PetaPixel,, Jawina (Germany), Earthables, and My Modern Met re-posted RFE/RL photojournalist Amos Chapple's photo essay on Siberia’s "mammoth pirates." On June 19, Chapple participated in a live interview about the project with CTV News.

On June 7, NPR's Morning Edition interviewed RFE/RL journalist Golnaz Esfandiari about her recent article on IS propaganda targeting Iran, in the context of that day's attack on Iran's parliament and a shrine to Ayatollah Khomenei, the first Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic.

On May 28, RFE/RL journalist Brian Whitmore moderated a panel at the annual GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava, Slovakia on ""Eastern Neighborhood 2017: Times of Turmoil Ahead?," featuring Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili; Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs; Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin; Vyacheslav Nikonov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma's Committee on Education and Science; and Andrea Thompson, National Security Advisor to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

On April 28, The Washington Post, AP, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, CNN, The Economist, VICE News, and other media used RFE/RL Balkan Service video showing protesters storming Macedonia’s parliament and attacking lawmakers.

From March 10-16, numerous media including The Moscow Times, Diario de Noticias, Publico, iDnes, Haaretz, Lenta.Ru,and Vesti.Ru, linked to or embedded content from RFE/RL's exclusive posting of the Manhoff Archive - rare photos and video taken by a former military attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow of life in the Soviet Union of the early 1950's, including the only known independent video of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s funeral procession.

In early February, Quartz, Tablet, the Express, the Mirror, The Week, The Times of London, The Independent, The Daily Beast, The Interpreter, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show (at 17:32), International Business Times, The Washington Times, The Independent, and The Daily Beast all cited RFE/RL coverage of the sudden illness in Moscow of Russian opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza.

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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.

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On April 11, RFE/RL's Noah Tucker spoke 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.

20:00 10.4.2017

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 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.”

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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 Boston Globe cited RFE/RL reporting on the death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

YouTube Newswire and Yahoo News (via Storyful) re-post RFE/RL video of protests in Belgrade against the election of Alexandar Vucic as Serbia's president.

The Washington Post, NYT Morning Briefing and The New Civil Rights Movement cite RFE/RL reporting about a Russian ban on an image of Putin's face made up in drag.

OCCRP cited RFE/RL reporting on the detention of a Russian governor over bribery allegations.

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.

The Huffington Post's TheWorldPost cites RFE/RL reporting on alleged persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya.

On April 3, Yahoo News (via Storyful) posted RFE/RL video of Armenians participating in national parliamentary elections.

The U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar posted on its Facebook page a link to Radio Mashaal’s photo gallery about U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's 1962 visit to Pakistan.

Informed Consent re-posts RFE/RL journalist Golnaz Esfandiari's report on ISIL threats to conquer Iran, made in a rare video message in Persian.

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.

Yahoo News (via Storyful) posted RFE/RL video of voters participating in Serbia's presidential election, and of Russian police blocking a protest by anti-corruption activists in Moscow.

On April 1, RFE/RL correspondent Bruce Pannier is quoted in an article for Frontera News about Turkmenistan's challenges in finding a market for its natural gas production.

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