Karlen Aslanyan is a journalist for RFE/RL's Armenian Service, known locally as Radio Azatutyun.
To mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3, we asked RFE/RL journalists, who are on the front lines in the fight for media freedom in 20 countries, why independent media matters. Here is how they responded.
Kateryna Nekrecha is a producer, host, and author of special projects for Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities), RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service's website covering events in Crimea in the Russian, Ukrainian, and Crimean Tatar languages.
Ulanbek Asanaliev is a TV producer, camerman, and photographer for RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, known locally as Radio Azattyk.
Volodymyr Prytula is the Crimean desk chief of the Ukrainian Service of RFE/RL and editor in chief of Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities).
Malali Bashir is a journalist, TV and video producer with RFE/RL’s Afghan Service, known locally as Radio Azadi.
Niusha Boghrati is Editor in Chief of Radio Farda, RFE/RL's Persian language service.
Melani Bachina is Senior Writer and Producer for RFE/RL's Russian Service.