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Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline
November 01, 2019

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline

By Catherine Putz
A closer look at the significance of a recent development.

How Can Native Language Journalism in Kyrgyzstan Improve?
May 09, 2019

How Can Native Language Journalism in Kyrgyzstan Improve?

By Elmurat Ashiraliev
The challenges facing native language journalism in Kyrgyzstan can be addressed with concerted effort and some assistance.
The China-Europe Disconnect
October 10, 2018

The China-Europe Disconnect

By Nicholas Olczak
Misunderstandings threaten to derail stronger Sino-European relations.

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
September 06, 2018

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
The arrests cast a pall on Uzbekistan's reform efforts and illustrate the boundaries of Tashkent's tolerance for debate.

In Afghanistan, Peace Must Come Without Compromising Hard-Earned Gains
April 04, 2018

In Afghanistan, Peace Must Come Without Compromising Hard-Earned Gains

By Said Sabir Ibrahimi
Progress on freedom of speech, political participation, and women’s rights in Afghanistan cannot be compromised.

Uzbekistan's Karimov Leaves Behind a Legacy of Repression, Slavery, and Kleptocracy
September 03, 2016

Uzbekistan's Karimov Leaves Behind a Legacy of Repression, Slavery, and Kleptocracy

By Casey Michel
Uzbekistan's founding president has plenty of atrocities to his name.

Bangladesh’s Terrorist Problem
November 05, 2015

Bangladesh’s Terrorist Problem

By Sanjay Kumar
A string of recent attacks against liberal writers demonstrate that the country is also struggling with an extremist fringe.
Why Are Secular Bloggers Being Killed in Bangladesh?
August 11, 2015

Why Are Secular Bloggers Being Killed in Bangladesh?

By Vishal Manve
In Bangladesh, merely blogging about secular ideas if proving to be deadly.

Exile From Extremism in Bangladesh: A Conversation with Ananya Azad
July 02, 2015

Exile From Extremism in Bangladesh: A Conversation with Ananya Azad

By Sanjay Kumar
The Diplomat's Sanjay Kumar speaks with Ananya Azad about freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Existential Fight Against Islamic Extremism
April 03, 2015

Bangladesh’s Existential Fight Against Islamic Extremism

By Sanjay Kumar
Bloggers, under increasing threat from Islamists, are the last line of defense for secularism in Bangladesh.

Post-Censorship, Myanmar’s Literary World Awakens
April 03, 2015

Post-Censorship, Myanmar’s Literary World Awakens

By Poppy McPherson
In Mandalay, hundreds gathered to hear talks by Burmese and international authors.
Privilege of Privacy
April 19, 2010

Privilege of Privacy

A recent high-profile death reminds us how powerful broadcast media can be.

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