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IBB Director Richard Lobo Congratulates RIAS Award Winners in Berlin

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy and IBB Director Dick Lobo

On June 24, International Broadcasting Bureau Director Richard Lobo joined U.S. Ambassador Philip Murphy in Berlin, Germany, to participate in a RIAS commission meeting and to congratulate the 2013 RIAS Award winners. RIAS is a bi-national commission that fosters U.S.-German understanding as a legacy of Read more »

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Even in Emerging Markets, Connected Devices Hold Promise for Those Who Are Ready

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From the BBG Strategy Blog From time to time, there is some nostalgia amongst my coworkers for the “good old days,” when we spoke directly to worldwide audiences via shortwave. Some wish we could return to those days, to which my response is, “It’s coming Read more »

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Change in Lat Am Strategy Powers BBG Global Audience Past 200 Million Weekly

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While the official 2013 BBG Global Audience Estimate won’t be in for a few months, current tracking shows a strong audience increase – fueled by growth at VOA’s Latin America Division. Midyear tracking of the BBG’s global audience shows its broadcasters collectively reaching 203 million Read more »

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Governor Victor Ashe Visits USIB Bureau in London

From left to right: Adel Barghouti (VOA business and finance);  Bijan Farhoudi (VOA Persian Service correspondent);  Iwona Ptaszynska  (VOA business and finance); BBG Governor Victor Ashe; Jon Spier (VOA cameraman/editor); Mary Motta (London bureau chief); Jason Godman (radio production editor); Christine Furnell (office manager);

Governor Victor Ashe visited London bureau of U.S. international broadcasting on June 24. Commenting at the facility that is shared by several broadcasters overseen by the BBG, Ashe said, “I was delighted to visit the VOA London office which also houses personnel from VOA’s Persian Read more »

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BBG: Consider the Changing Landscape

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Around the globe today, only one out of six people lives in a country with free media. According to Freedom House, this is the worst media freedom rate in more than a decade. That’s precisely why the work of U.S. international broadcasting journalists is more Read more »

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RFE/RL Marks World Refugee Day

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The decision to leave home, community and possessions behind in order to flee a conflict area is one made by desperate people around the globe every day. On June 20 the UNHCR observed World Refugee Day to draw attention to the more than 46 million refugees Read more »

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Governor Ashe Honored in Moscow

Alexey Simonov , President of Glasnost Defense Foundation  in Moscow, presents Victor Ashe with a certificate of appreciation

BBG Governor Victor Ashe traveled to Moscow on June 20 with Acting Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty President Kevin Klose to meet with RFE/RL and Voice of America journalists, U.S. officials and prominent human rights activists. Ashe was presented a certificate of appreciation from Alexey Simonov, Read more »

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Youtube Video Confirms “Hand-to-hand” Distribution of Martí Programming in Cuba

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The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a human rights group, has posted a YouTube video confirming the lengths to which people in Cuba will go to get unbiased news and information. The five-minute video (below) features one of the group’s several regularly-scheduled meetings where members Read more »

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Governor Ashe Visits RFE/RL in Prague

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BBG Governor Victor Ashe traveled to Prague from June 18-20 to update his first-hand knowledge of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (REF/RL) operations and meet with Czech and U.S. officials, including Czech First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jiri Schneider and Political Counselor and Acting Deputy Read more »

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Afia Darfur Named Finalist in the New York Festivals

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Afia Darfur’s report, “The Perils of Prosecutors in Darfur,” was named a finalist in the Best Coverage of an Ongoing News Story category at the New York Festivals 2013 awards gala last night. The report, which aired on June 26, 2012, sheds light on the dilemma Read more »

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