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BBG Denounces Harsh Treatment of RFE/RL Baku Journalists, Calls for Bureau Reopening

Baku-based RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalists forced from their bureau during raid by police and investigators, 26Dec2014

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today called on Azerbaijani authorities to cease their investigations of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Baku bureau journalists  and to immediately permit the news bureau to reopen. In the past three days 23 RFE/RL journalists were interviewed by Read more »

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BBG Condemns Raid of RFE/RL Baku Office

RFE/RL Baku office sealed by authorities in Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today condemned the raid and closure of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Baku office by Azerbaijani authorities. Investigators from Azerbaijan’s state prosecutor’s office entered the RFE/RL bureau on the morning of December 26 accompanied by armed police officers. They Read more »

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BBG Welcomes New Members, Examines IBB

Governor Ryan Crocker speaking at the December 18 meeting of the Board

WASHINGTON – With the announcement of three new members, the Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to examine in detail the function, structure and activities of the International Broadcasting Bureau. The IBB manages the transmission, distribution, digital media development, marketing, Read more »

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Senate Confirms Ambassador Kornbluh to the BBG

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WASHINGTON – The United States Senate last night unanimously confirmed Ambassador Karen Kornbluh to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media. “Karen’s international media expertise, experience and insight will be tremendous assets for the BBG,” said Chairman Read more »

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Senate Confirms Two New Members for the BBG Board

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WASHINGTON – The United States Senate has confirmed two new members to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media. The Senate tonight unanimously approved Michael Kempner and Dr. Leon Aron for membership on the bipartisan board. In Read more »

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Board to Meet, Examine International Broadcasting Bureau

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet at its Washington, D.C. headquarters on December 18, 2014. In addition to Board business, the Board will receive a presentation providing an overview of the International Broadcasting Bureau. The Board will also recognize the 65th anniversary Read more »

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BBG Partners With Ghana Tech Incubator

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors has partnered with Hub Accra, a Ghana-based tech incubator, to develop mobile solutions to promote civic engagement in West Africa. The partnership will create fellowships to provide local members of the tech and entrepreneurial communities with practical experience designing and Read more »

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BBG Board Denounces Arrest of Khadija Ismayilova

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  WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today condemned the arrest and detention in Baku of prominent Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova and called for her speedy release. She has been sentenced to two months of pre-trial detention, and if convicted could serve three Read more »

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Internet Growth Exponential in Cambodia

Cambodians predominantly use a mobile device to access the Internet.

WASHINGTON — Cambodians are increasingly turning to the Internet for news and information, with 12% reporting weekly Internet use (up from 4.9% in 2012), according to new data issued today by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Gallup. “Between 2012 and 2014 Internet use just Read more »

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U.S. International Media Attract Record Audience of 215 Million

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WASHINGTON — The BBG’s networks draw a record-high audience of 215 million people each week, according to a new report released today. This includes noteworthy increases in competitive media markets, on television and online. Growth in the television audience has been tremendous, with an increase Read more »

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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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