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Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan
January 24, 2020

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Four more employees - one a driver - of RFE/RL's Tajik Service have been given six-month accreditations. The press freedom battle goes on.

Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media
May 23, 2019

Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media

By Luke Hunt
While the release of 2 Reuters journalists should be celebrated, life for journalists in Southeast Asia has not improved.
Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL
January 27, 2018

Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL

By Catherine Putz
Pakistani intelligence says RFE/RL's Pashto-language Radio Mashaal aired programs "against the interests of Pakistan."

With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
January 03, 2018

With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom

By Catherine Putz
Astana consulted journalists on revisions to the country's media law, and then ignored their recommendations.

Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent
December 12, 2017

Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent

By Catherine Putz
Chris Rickleton pleaded on Facebook to the new president to allow him to "return to live with my family in the country I love.”

New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance
March 31, 2017

New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance

By Catherine Putz
“If we call our relatives, friends and families, everything will be heard, we know that."

OSCE Hosts Master Class on Media Regulation in Turkmenistan
May 05, 2016

OSCE Hosts Master Class on Media Regulation in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
This is not, apparently, satire.
Did Tajikistan Just Monopolize the News?
July 20, 2015

Did Tajikistan Just Monopolize the News?

By Catherine Putz
The country isn’t known for press freedom, but what flexibility existed is under stress.

Cross-Strait Media Deals Spark Concern in Taiwan
January 15, 2013

Cross-Strait Media Deals Spark Concern in Taiwan

Concerned over possible pro-Beijing media acquisitions, Taiwanese students are voicing their opposition.

Media Outlets Protest State Editorial on Southern Weekly
January 08, 2013

Media Outlets Protest State Editorial on Southern Weekly

In a bold move against censorship, Chinese media outlets are running disclaimers disavowing an editorial.

Xi Jinping: China's First Social Media President?
January 08, 2013

Xi Jinping: China's First Social Media President?

If Xi is able to master social media to serve his own ends his power and ability to craft policy could grow.

India Treads China Censor Path
December 07, 2011

India Treads China Censor Path

Talk of India censoring “objectionable” social media content has inevitably drawn comparisons with China.

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