Fatima Tlis

Investigative Reporter, Polygraph, Voice of America

Russia, United States
English, Russian

Investigative Reporter, Polygraph, Voice of America

Russia, United States
English, Russian

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By Fatima Tlis

Russian Media Reported ‘Rusty’ Tanks Displayed in Washington, DC on July 4


Russian state-controlled media reports about the July 4 Independence Day celebration in the U.S. capital focused on… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

False: Kremlin Claims No Growth of Poverty in Russia


Speaking with Russian-state television Channel One TV host Vladimir Posner on June 17, Alexey Kudrin, chairman of the Audit… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

Russian Politician Calls HBO Chernobyl ‘Anti-Soviet Filth’, Falsely Accuses Producers of Distortion


On June 13, Russia’s Regnum news agency published a review of the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” written by Dmitry Yevseyev,… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

Are NATO States Sending Ukraine’s Navy ‘Junk’ Vessels?


On April 3, as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers gathered in Washington, DC to mark… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

No, USAFE Commander Tod Wolters Did Not Thank Russians for Annexing Crimea


On February 2, the Russian news daily Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press) quoted the commander of the U.S.… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

Russia Complains MH-17 Investigation Keeps Secrets from Moscow. True, with Russia as the Main…


Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova complained on Wednesday, January 23, that Dutch authorities were refusing to share with… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

Is Europe’s Gender Equality Resolution a ‘Provocation’ Against Russia?


On January 9, top Russian lawmakers expressed outrage over a letter from the Parliamentary Assembly of European… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

RT Claims WADA ‘Failed’ to Collect Data from Moscow Lab. Actually, Russian Authorities Denied…


The report by Russia Today (RT) report came a day after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

Russian Troll Factory Expanded and Harassing Independent Press


The article attacking Novaya Gazeta, the internationally renowned independent Russian newspaper, was originally published by an obscure website… Read more

By Fatima Tlis

Palestinian Official Visiting Chechnya Falsely Claims Putin Supports ‘All Freedom-seeking Peoples’


On October 25, Chechnya’s state-owned channel Grozny TV aired a report about the visit of a Palestinian delegation and… Read more

Biography

Fatima Tlis is an investigative journalist, researcher, and expert on the North Caucasus region of Russia. She is the investigative reporter for Voice of America (VOA) on Polygraph.info, a globally aware and nonpartisan website responding to disinformation and misinformation around the world. Ms. Tlis has written extensively on extremism and terrorism and the North Caucasus. She covered the Boston Marathon bombing and resulting trial. Prior to VOA, she was editor-in-chief of the Regnum News Agency, worked as a special correspondent for Novaya Gazeta, and reported for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Associated Press. In 2007, 2009, and 2012 she testified before the US Congress on human rights and freedom of expression in Russia. In 2015, she was among three journalists invited to the White House by former President Barack Obama on World Press Freedom Day, in recognition of their contributions to freedom of the press globally. Ms. Tlis was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2007-2008) and a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University for the 2008-2009 academic year. She has won numerous international awards including the Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University; the German Zeit-Stiftun Award for commitment to reporting on the conflict in Chechnya; the Rory Peck Freelancer’s Choice Award for “continuous bravery, commitment to the story and efforts to help fellow journalists”; the Human Rights Watch award for journalism as advocacy; the Amnesty International Media Award for best magazine article; and an AP award for best report on a hostage situation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Russian language and literature from Stavropol University, Russia.

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