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Board Chairman’s Statement on the Release of Khadija Ismayilova

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Today is a great day, but it is only one step in a long fight for press freedom in Azerbaijan. We remain committed to informing, engaging and connecting the people of Azerbaijan in support of freedom and democracy, and we look forward to celebrating more press freedom victories like today’s.

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Statement by CEO John F. Lansing on the Release of Khadija Ismayilova

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For too long – 537 days –Khadija has been separated from her family and friends and prohibited from serving the Azerbaijani people with her investigative reporting. I welcome her release and I hope that it is an indication that change is coming to Azerbaijan when it comes to press freedom.

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Internet, Mobile and Social Use on the Rise in Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan

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Washington, D.C. – Iraqis are increasingly turning to the internet, social media and mobile phones to learn about news and other developments, although television remains their dominant source for information, according to research presented on Wednesday at a briefing conducted by the BBG and Gallup […]

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CEO Statement and Video on World Press Freedom Day

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“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

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

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  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

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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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BBG Meets With Secretary Kerry, Shares Key Priorities of the Board

The Broadcasting Board of Governors met with Secretary Kerry on Tuesday.  Front Row (L-R) BBG Governors Matthew Armstrong, Karen Kornbluh, Michael Kempner
Back Row (L-R) BBG CEO John Lansing, BBG Chairman Jeff Shell, Secretary Kerry, Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel, BBG Governor Kenneth Weinstein

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) met today with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the BBG’s work and impact on key global issues. Secretary Kerry was briefed on a range of issues, including the Board’s journalistic mission to counter ISIS […]

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The BBG Announces New VOA Director

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Amanda Bennett as the 29th Director of the Voice of America (VOA).  An introduction and swearing-in ceremony will be held at Voice of America headquarters at 10 a.m. this morning […]

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BBG to Meet, Discuss Key Priorities

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet on April 20, 2016 at 10:30 at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

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