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Alhurra and Radio Sawa Provide Extensive Coverage of President Obama’s Trip to the Middle East

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As President Obama travels in the Middle East, Alhurra’s White House Correspondent Hisham Bourar, who is traveling with the President, is providing live updates from Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman. Bourar is also report on the trip for Radio Sawa. Alhurra and Radio Sawa are translating Read more »

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BBG’s Censorship Circumvention on Display at Two Events

Andre Mendes demonstrates new innovations in censorship circumvention at the Public Diplomacy Council.

Recently, André Mendes, CIO/CTO for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, spoke at two high-profile events which focused on the BBG’s use of cutting-edge technology to circumvent Internet censorship. On Monday, March 1, Mendes briefed the University of Southern California-Public Diplomacy Council’s lunchtime forum on the Read more »

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez visits BBG

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Cuban blogger and free speech advocate Yoani Sánchez met with BBG officials amid a Washington visit that included top U.S. lawmakers and diplomats.  During the trip, Sánchez  emphasized the need to support independent journalists and human rights activists on the island.   She is on an Read more »

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa Mark 10 Years Since the Iraq War

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Alhurra, Alhurra-Iraq and Radio Sawa will provide comprehensive coverage to mark the 10 years since the start of the Iraq war in 2003. Sectarian conflict, media and the arts, status of women, changes in the educational system, the impact on the Kurdistan region and religious Read more »

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RFE/RL Profiles Five Iconic Individuals of the Iraq War

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To mark the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Radio Free Iraq and correspondent Ron Synovitz have profiled five iconic individuals, their lives in transition since the war, and how they came to represent various issues. Build-Up To War: Ahmed Chalabi Read more »

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Prime Minister discusses Libyan Affairs on Alhurra

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan appeared on Alhurra's Free Hour

In an interview yesterday with Alhurra’s Free Hour program, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan stated that he hopes Libya regains its status within the international community in two years. He expressed his reservations about the proposed “political isolation law,” warning that it might exclude Read more »

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On World Cyber-Censorship Day, RFE/RL Cites Success Amid Challenges

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Yesterday, March 12 was World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. Media-watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) marked the day by releasing its newest “Enemies of the Internet” report, which includes the top five “spy” states that conduct systematic online surveillance resulting in serious human rights violations. Those countries Read more »

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BBG Celebrates International Women’s Day

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In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the BBG and its broadcasters marked the day with a mixture of special in-depth reports, videos and multimedia pieces on women’s issues. For example, VOA reported on the progress of women’s health in Africa and the Read more »

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Alhurra Celebrates Women on International Women’s Day

Amat Ali Razaq Ali Hamad, the Yemeni Minister of Social Affairs and Labor

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, Alhurra’s newscasts and current affairs programing included reports from Yemen, Israel and Gaza, examining the rights and roles of women following the Arab Spring. Eye on Democracy hosted an interview with Amat Ali Razaq Ali Hamad, the Read more »

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Federal Offices Closed Today

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Federal offices in the Washington, DC, area are closed. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.

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  • Imprisoned in Azerbaijan

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    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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    in prison

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