Journalists in Trouble
Wednesday 28 July 2010
July 14, 2010
OSCE Criticizes Belarus's Suppression of Independent Journalists
The United States has noted with concern several acts of intimidation against political activists and independent journalists in Belarus, including incidents involving RFE/RL correspondents. 'After some notable improvements in late 2008, we regret that in the period since there has been a litany of continuing violations of OSCE commitments,' a recent statement of the US mission to the OSCE's Permanent Council reads.
July 13, 2010
The Uses and Misuses of Accreditation
RFE/RL correspondents face difficulties obtaining or retaining accreditation in countries throughout its broadcast region. While the OSCE specifically states that accreditation should be used to facilitate the work of journalists and not to deprive them of the possibility of work, governments in Belarus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia use it selectively as a mechanism of coercion and control.
June 10, 2010
Independent TV Channels Stripped of Frequencies
In a development suggesting the further deterioration of media freedom in Ukraine, two independent television channels were stripped of their frequencies this week. Editors of one of the channels allege that the court decision was influenced by Ukraine's Security Service chief, who is an owner of a rival media holding group.
June 10, 2010
Violence Against Journalists Shows 'Alarming Increase'
The OSCE's new rapporteur for freedom of the media has cited an "alarming increase" in restrictions and violent reprisals against journalists in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Testifying before the U.S. Helsinki Commission, she said mounting examples of repressive laws and unpunished attacks are expanding the region's "hall of shame."
June 08, 2010
Another 30 Days for Vardanian
A Transdniester court last week extended independent journalist Ernest Vardanian's detention by 30 days on charges of treason. The extension defies calls from the international community for his release, and shows the limits of existing mechanisms to address human rights violations in this separatist region.
June 04, 2010
Journalist's Wife Decries International 'Indifference'
Almost two months since his arrest, independent journalist Ernest Vardanian remains in pre-trial detention in Moldova's separatist region of Transdniester. Foreign governments and international groups were quick to express outrage after Vardanian's arrest. His wife now calls on them to resist 'indifference' to her husband's fate.
May 27, 2010
My Turkmen Odyssey
Despite having a valid visa to visit his home, RFE/RL Turkmen correspondent Allamourad Rakhimov was informed he was an "impermissable subject" and turned back at the Ashgabat airport. Rakhimov describes his experience and reflects on the threat that one independent journalist apparently poses to the regime.
May 25, 2010
Banned from Turkmenistan
RFE/RL correspondent Allamourad Rakhimov was told he is 'banned" from entering Turkmenistan and was turned back from the Ashgabat airport last week. Turkmenistan is ranked by Freedom House as among the 'worst of the worst' human rights abusers in the world, and is believed to maintain a black-list of persons in political disfavor.