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VOA Boosts Broadcasts to Burundi as Civilians Flee Political Violence

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WASHINGTON – Voice of America today began boosting broadcasts to Burundi where at least 14 people have been and killed and more than 200 injured in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term.   VOA has additional shortwave and FM broadcasts in Read more »

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Alhurra Reaches Out to Arab Youth Through Two New Interactive Programs

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(Springfield, Va.)  Alhurra Television encourages Arab audiences to join the discussion on-air with two new dynamic and interactive shows launching this week, DardechTAG and You and Nablia. Both shows target the Arab youth and provide them an opportunity to have their voices heard and be Read more »

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BBG Marks World Press Freedom Day

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WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015)– On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (Sunday, May 3), the Broadcasting Board of Governors reiterates its commitment to defending and celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world.  According to Freedom House, “conditions for the media deteriorated sharply in 2014, as Read more »

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Martís an Essential News Source in Cuba Amidst Policy Changes

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WASHINGTON – Changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba may have resulted in a relaxation on travel and trade restrictions, but they have not diminished the censorship and media control on the island.  Leadership of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which manages Read more »

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Radio Free Asia Series on China Nuclear Risks Wins Award for Excellence in Journalism

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WASHINGTON – Radio Free Asia (RFA) today was named a winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists. RFA’s Cantonese Service’s investigative series on China’s nuclear energy risks, “A Citizenry Left in the Dark: China’s Nuclear Read more »

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Board to Meet, Examine Office of Cuba Broadcasting

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet at its Washington, D.C. headquarters on April 29, 2015. In addition to Board business, the Board will receive a report by the BBG’s Interim CEO and Director, as well as a presentation by the Office of Read more »

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PEN to Honor Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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WASHINGTON – PEN American Center announced on April 15 that it will honor jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova with the prestigious 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. This award is presented annually to a writer imprisoned or persecuted for his or her work. Ismayilova, who Read more »

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Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Wins PEN Award

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(WASHINGTON — April 16, 2015) Jailed Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded PEN American Center’s 2015 Barbara Goldsmith Freedom To Write Award, given annually to “an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising her right to free expression.” RFE/RL Editor in Chief Read more »

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New York Festivals Honors VOA Documentary

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 –The VOA documentary AIDS: Living in the Shadows won the Silver World Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.   The 30-minute-long documentary, introduced by the British music legend and longtime AIDS activist Sir Elton Read more »

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Alhurra’s Street Pulse Wins Bronze Award at New York Festivals

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Las Vegas—The winners of the New York Festivals’ International TV and Film awards were announced last night in Las Vegas and Alhurra Television’s critically acclaimed series Street Pulse took home the Bronze Prize for the Best Community Portrait Documentary. The investigative magazine program won for Read more »

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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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