Former Soviet Citizens Mull Failed Hard-line Coup, a Quarter Century Later

VOA Twenty-five years ago, on August 19, 1991, a hard-line group calling itself the State Committee for the State of Emergency (known by its Russian acronym GKChP) announced that it was removing the Soviet Union’s reformist president, Mikhail Gorbachev, from power
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In Wake of Newspaper Attack, America Mourns with France

Members of Los Angeles’ French-American community hold signs reading “I'm Charlie” and “Je Suis Charlie” at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack on the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo January 7. Demonstrations in support of freedom of expression took place across the United States (more...)

Freedom of Expression in the United States

The following are excerpts of Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez’s remarks at the Conference on the Transformation of Security and Fundamental Rights Legislation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The full transcript is available on the U.S. Department of Justice website. ... [H]ow does a government grant (more...)

Belarus Editor Fights for Human Rights

By Mark Trainer Staff Writer Natalya Radzina, a prominent democratic activist from Belarus, is the editor of the opposition Charter 97 website. Her writing long has been critical of Belarus’ poor human rights record. On December 19, 2010, Radzina, along with hundreds of others, including seven opposition presidential candidates, was detained by (more...)

Sign the Petition: Tell Obama to Stop Supporting SOPA 2.0

After the largest online protest in history, the Obama administration is still voicing support for SOPA. We promised to ask for your help if SOPA returned. We're asking now. This kind of backtracking demands a strong, fast response. We're running a petition to demand that Obama drop all support for internet (more...)

U.S. Response to OSCE Report on Press Freedom

United States Mission to the OSCE Response to the Report by the Representative On Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 29, 2012 Representative Mijatović, the United States welcomes you back to the Permanent Council and thanks you for another thoughtful and (more...)

Internet Was Tool for Expression and Repression in 2011

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States and its international partners “made a great deal of progress” in 2011 in adopting measures that can “turn our commitment to Internet freedom into reality,” according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H. Posner. Speaking (more...)

Journalists’ Arrests At “Occupy Wall Street” Demonstrations

United States Mission to the OSCE Response to EU on Journalists’ Arrests at “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations As delivered by Ambassador Ian Kelly to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 17, 2011 " There are few issues of greater concern to the United States than the state of Media Freedom within OSCE participating States. (more...)

Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan

U.S. Statement on Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan

The United States remains concerned about restrictions on the right of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. Today we note with concern the May 18 conviction of youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, who was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment on charges of draft evasion. The timing of Mr. Hajiyev’s arrest, which immediately followed (more...)

Young American Blogger Discusses Social Media’s Power for Change

Young American Blogger Discusses Social Media’s Power for Change

Blogger Zerlina Maxwell may live in America, but when Hosni Mubarak resigned as president of Egypt, it felt like she was in Cairo. “I think that social media allowed me, someone who is sitting in New Jersey with a computer, to experience that moment as if I were there,” (more...)

U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day 2011

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom (more...)


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