The move was criticized by journalists and characterized by some as an effort by the Afghan authorities to placate the Taliban amid reported peace negotiations involving Afghan and U.S. officials with the Islamist group.
Nasrin, a newscaster at Kabul’s Ariana Television Network, told @RadioAzadi that female presenters already faced a lot of family and societal pressure because of their high-profile jobs…[READ MORE]
Caption: An Afghan man watches an Indian soap opera at his TV shop in Kabul. The Afghan culture minister said that female newsreaders should appear different from actresses in movies and soap operas.
The outcome is seen as unsurprising in the autocratic Central Asian nation, where Berdymukhammedov was facing off against seven largely unknown nominal opponents and the election processs was seen as a mere formality…[READ MORE]
A woman dressed in traditional Turkmen clothing casts her ballot for president at a polling station in Ashgabat.
Medvedev speaking to journalism students:
“I agree with you that the mass media very often comes under pressure. But that doesn’t mean that there is unbridled censorship in our country. First of all, nobody has introduced censorship and nobody is imposing it. Secondly, and this is my firm belief, censorship is impossible in the modern world.”
- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaking today (January 25) at a meeting with journalism students at Moscow State University.
A video of policemen taking bribes in the middle of Baku — filmed by a correspondent with RFE/RL’s Radio Azadliq — has led to the police officers’ expulsion from the Baku police force. Posted on December 31, the video went viral and immediately drew a reaction from the Azerbaijani government. The short video (above) shows a team of policemen signaling passing cars to stop and then accepting what appears to be a roll of cash followed by a firm handshake between the driver and the policemen…[READ MORE]
Iran Buries Missile Commander Killed In Blast, Amid Speculation About Israel’s Role
Photo Caption: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (second from left) and Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari (left) stand next to the coffins of 17 members of the Revolutionary Guards who were killed in a blast at a military base last week.