Category Archives: Press Release

CEO Statement and Video on World Press Freedom Day


“Freedom of the press is a basic tenet of our democracy and a staple of a free and open society. Upholding press freedom is the top priority of the BBG in its efforts to support accurate, objective journalism around the world.  Our networks play a […]

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CEO Statement on Hiring of Sandy Sugawara as VOA Deputy Director


Today, the Voice of America made another step toward positive change and reform with the addition of Sandy Sugawara as Deputy Director. I’m thrilled with the direction that Director Bennett is taking the VOA, and having Sandy on board will be a tremendous benefit to […]

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Sandy Sugawara Sworn In as Voice of America Deputy Director

Sandy Sugawara (L) is sworn in by VOA Director Amanda Bennett (R) as the organization's new Deputy Director. Director of Language Programming Kelu Chao, who served as VOA's Acting Director for nearly a year, holds the U.S. Constitution.

Award-winning journalist Sandy Sugawara, who played a leading role in transforming The Washington Post’s newsroom to a data-driven, digital operation, was sworn in as Deputy Director of the Voice of America on Monday, May 2, joining the leadership team of Amanda Bennett, who was sworn […]

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MBN Marks Arab-American Heritage Month

Iraqi painter Shakir Alusi spoke to Alhurra about how his paintings reflect the life and colors of Iraq.

Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa highlighted Arab-American Heritage Month with a variety of programs and reports showcasing the accomplishments of Arab-Americans throughout the month of April. Alhurra’s Almajalla featured profiles of Arab-Americans who are realizing their dreams in the U.S. including: Moroccan kick-boxing champion Amine […]

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RFE/RL Wins Webby People’s Voice Award


WASHINGTON — A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award. Watch This Disabled Boy’s World Change In Two Minutes tells the story of a disabled teenager who relies on his friends to push him in his wheelchair everyday […]

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RFA Hosts Banned Film on Murdered Cambodian Rainforest Activist on Website


WASHINGTON – Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Radio Free Asia (RFA) is making available online a recently banned documentary film about the murder of a prominent Cambodian rainforest activist. The makers of “I Am Chut Wutty” have agreed to allow RFA to post the Cambodian language film on its RFA Khmer website in perpetuity starting Tuesday (April 26).

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VOA Takes Medal and Finalist Prizes at New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards


WASHINGTON — Journey 1945: China’s Path to Victory, the vivid tale of two Chinese veterans of the 1st American Volunteer Group organized by the U.S. Government to aid China’s Nationalist Government against Japan during WW II, won a silver medal at this year’s New York Festivals International […]

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BBG Meeting Focuses on Importance of Digital, Social Media; New VOA Director Introduced


  WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C., headquarters to receive programming highlights from the BBG networks that advance the agency’s strategic priorities, and to discuss the BBG’s expansion into digital and social media. Today’s meeting was attended by […]

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BBG Condemns Targeting of Independent Journalists in Crimea, Including RFE/RL Contributors


WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors condemns the targeting of independent journalists in Russia-annexed Crimea following police searches on Tuesday of the homes of seven residents of the peninsula, including some who have worked as RFE/RL contributors. The Moscow-backed Crimean Prosecutor General’s Office says […]

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VOA Marks 36th Anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence

These three panelists participated in a for the Panelists Gregory Simpkins (L) Sibongile Sidile Sibanda (C) and 
Reverend Isaac Mwase (R)

WASHINGTON — The topic of Zimbabwe’s long-time president, Robert Mugabe, dominated a VOA panel discussion on Zimbabwe on the 36th anniversary of the country’s independence on Monday. “It’s difficult for anyone who’s stayed in power for 36 years to stay on track,” said a member of […]

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  • Imprisoned in Azerbaijan


    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.

    1 year 4 months 30 days

    in prison

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