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"How free is our speech?"Just Ask the Question Episode 52: With Dokhi Fassihian

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Dokhi Fassihian, RSF USA Executive Director

Dokhi Fassihian is the executive director of Reporters Without Borders USA (RSF USA). Before joining RSF, she led the Middle East and North Africa division at Freedom House where she oversaw the organization's regional portfolio. Fassihian also led the Democracy Coalition Project, where she monitored the state of democracy and human rights around the world and tracked the foreign policies of governments on international human rights priorities. She has facilitated the work of civil society coalitions on a broad range of thematic, emergency, and chronic human rights situations and led successful international campaigns at the UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly. Fassihian has also worked on elections, civil rights in the post 9/11 period, and U.S. national security. Fassihian holds a B.A. from George Mason University and an M.A. in international relations and Middle East Studies at the John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She has lived and worked in Iran and Egypt. She is fluent in Farsi, and has received advanced training in French and Arabic. You can contact Dokhi by email at

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