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Board Calls for End to Harassment and Threats to Press

BBG Governor Michael Meehan, BBG Governor Susan McCue, IBB Director Richard Lobo, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine

Members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors emphasized the need for global press freedom and renewed their call for the release of journalists being held in Syria. “Bashar Fahmi, a correspondent for Alhurra, is still missing and incommunicado in Syria. It has been 10 months Read more »

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Radio Farda Investigative Report Wins Silver In New York

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vahid Pourostad, a reporter with RFE/RL’s Persian Language Service, Radio Farda, was a Silver Radio Winner at the 2013 New York Festivals International Radio Programs and Promos Awards for his radio documentary, “Solitary Confinement.” The program, an 18-part journey to what Pourostad calls “these solitary Read more »

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Radio Free Asia Takes Silver, Bronze at New York Festivals

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WASHINGTON, DC – Two Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters were named winners of silver and bronze medals at this year’s New York Festivals radio awards ceremony last night. RFA’s Uyghur Service reporter Shohret Hoshur won silver in the international contest’s category of best coverage of Read more »

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“OnTen” Exclusive: Bono Offers Message of Solidarity to People of Iran

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2 and co-founder of the advocacy group ONE, reached out to the people of Iran today, with a special message broadcast by VOA’s irreverent satirical program OnTen. In his four-minute video, aired to coincide with Read more »

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VOA Jazz Show Builds on Musical Legacy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some of the leading jazz, blues, swing, fusion and world music artists are showcased in the dynamic new Voice of America TV program: Beyond Category with Eric Felten. “The great Duke Ellington described the best music as being ‘beyond category,’ and we Read more »

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Despite Threats, BBG Provides Special Programming Ahead of Iranian Election

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Washington, DC – As the Iranian presidential race narrows in the final days before the June 14 election, the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ multimedia networks are tracking breaking news, citizen reactions and political shifts with unbiased news and accurate information, despite increasing threats to its Read more »

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VOA Covers Iran Election with TV Special

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Voice of America is covering Iran’s June 14th Presidential election with a live television special that includes interviews with members of the U.S. Congress, reaction from voters, and segments from polling stations in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. VOA Persian Read more »

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As Elections Loom, So Do Threats Against Radio Farda

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WASHINGTON -  With elections set for next week, authorities in Iran have stepped up harassment of family members of Radio Farda journalists in an apparent effort to undermine one of the few independent news sources available to voters. “The harassment has intensified in the past several weeks, as Read more »

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VOA Unveils Film, “Fire in the Land of Snow: Self-Immolations in Tibet”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Disturbing images of Tibetans setting themselves on fire, interviews with protesters, and background on Tibet’s rich culture are woven together in a compelling new VOA documentary that examines the deadly wave of political self-immolations that have taken place since 2009. “This documentary Read more »

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Radio Free Asia Releases Interactive e-Book on 1989 Tiananmen Crackdown

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WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 24th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, Radio Free Asia released an interactive e-book in Mandarin Chinese, titled Tiananmen Incident in Historical Perspective. Consisting of multimedia content and eyewitness accounts, the Read more »

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