Broadcasting Board of Governors Governor Victor Ashe and Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) President Brian Conniff have embarked on a four country trip to the Middle East. While in Cairo, Ashe and Conniff met with bloggers and members of the local media to discuss the role of U.S. international broadcasting in the region. They also visited Alhurra’s news operation in Cairo and met with the staff of Alhurra’s flagship program Al Youm. In addition to visiting Alhurra’s team in Cairo, Ashe and Conniff will also survey MBN’s production center in Dubai; along with stops in Kuwait City and Doha.
Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014. On Sept 1, 2015 she was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
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