In December, RFA, in collaboration with BBG’s Office of Digital and Design Innovation, produced a multimedia e-book and companion website profiling the lives, work, and sacrifice of women living under authoritarian rule.
It’s Not OK is a collection of portraits of remarkable women and their fight for human rights in China, North Korea and Southeast Asia.
Declines in press freedom were seen across the broadcast region. RFA closely covered criminal lawsuits against newspapers, the jailing of editors and reporters, and the killing of a journalist being held by the military in Burma (Myanmar). Reporting on the ongoing crackdown on bloggers and the government-imposed restrictions in Vietnam, RFA documented the harassment, arrests, trials, and sentencing of netizens who expressed views deemed politically sensitive. To date, 27 bloggers are jailed there, according to media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders, making Vietnam the world’s second biggest jailer of netizens.
In May, RFA co-sponsored the visit of six prominent Vietnamese bloggers who briefed members of the U.S. House of Representatives about Vietnam’s online environment, attended meetings with technologists and human rights advocates, and participated in a panel discussion at RFA in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.