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Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Convicted of Libel, Given 6-Year Term
June 15, 2020

Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Convicted of Libel, Given 6-Year Term

By Associated Press
Ressa will appeal the decision, seen by many as a major blow to press freedom in the Philippines.

Afghan Media Outlets Protest Curtailed Access to Information
February 05, 2020

Afghan Media Outlets Protest Curtailed Access to Information

By Associated Press
Good laws are in place, but access to information remains a pervasive challenge for Afghanistan.
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.

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility
January 23, 2020

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility

By Catherine Putz
Nafosat Olloshkurova's decision to leave Uzbekistan reflects just how far the state has yet to go with its reforms, particularly regarding free speech.

November 1 Deadline Looms for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service
October 25, 2019

November 1 Deadline Looms for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service

By Colleen Wood
Nine RFE/RL journalists in Tajikistan will lose accreditation on November 1; it appears authorities have given the broadcaster the silent treatment. 

A New Era for Press Freedom in a Changing Uzbekistan?
July 08, 2019

A New Era for Press Freedom in a Changing Uzbekistan?

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan’s media was reborn following the new administration and its transformation is still ongoing.

How Free Press Has Strengthened Democracy in Afghanistan
June 12, 2019

How Free Press Has Strengthened Democracy in Afghanistan

By M. Ashraf Haidari
Afghanistan's free press is providing a critical service for the country's young democracy.
Nepal’s Communist Government Tightens Its Grip on Civil Society
September 10, 2018

Nepal’s Communist Government Tightens Its Grip on Civil Society

By Arun Budhathoki
A new set of draconian laws is setting Nepal on a troubling trajectory.

When Freedom of Expression Isn't Free: Journalism, Facebook, and Censorship in Bhutan
August 28, 2018

When Freedom of Expression Isn't Free: Journalism, Facebook, and Censorship in Bhutan

By Namgay Zam
Can free expression and journalistic freedoms thrive in Bhutan?

What’s Behind the Sale of a Cambodian Newspaper to a Malaysian Investor?
May 07, 2018

What’s Behind the Sale of a Cambodian Newspaper to a Malaysian Investor?

By Luke Hunt
The sale is raising fresh concerns about the state of press freedom in Cambodia.

Life Is About to Get Even Harder for Foreign Media in China
October 26, 2017

Life Is About to Get Even Harder for Foreign Media in China

By Charlotte Gao
A number of prominent foreign media were barred from the press conference revealing China’s new leadership.
Silencing Dissenters in India: Can the Media Fight Back? 
October 05, 2017

Silencing Dissenters in India: Can the Media Fight Back? 

By Priyanka Borpujari
Can the Indian media take on those who'd see dissenters -- like Gauri Lankesh -- silenced?

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