Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson manages Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Lady Liberty project, which showcases the work of women journalists and women’s issues in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2013, she worked as a freelance correspondent for several international media outlets, including Public Radio International and Global Post. Before that, Thompson worked as a writer and editor for The Prague Post and several other regional publications. She has an MA in Philology from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and a BA in English and French Literature from Kansas State University in the United States.

Media Freedom in the Former Soviet Union

April 17, 2013

More than two decades after the fall of the USSR many of its former republics failed to establish a democratic and open media landscape, ranking among the worst in media freedom indexes. At a Minsk café on a blustery day just before New Year’s in 2010, Franak Viačorka hesitated before...