Category Archives: Press Release

Presiding Governor Lynton Steps Down from the BBG Board

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Washington, DC – Broadcasting Board of Governors leader Michael Lynton has informed the White House that he is leaving the BBG effective today. “It has been an honor to serve our country by taking part in the work of this board, which was established to Read more »

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RFE/RL’s Turkmen Correspondent Released From Custody

WASHINGTON – Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service correspondent who spent two weeks in police custody in Turkmenabat, was released today under circumstances that have yielded little information about his ordeal. Acting RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose welcomed Yazmuhamedov’s release, saying, “We’re very happy he’s Read more »

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Martís Release New Phone App

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MIAMI – The Office of Cuba Broadcasting has released a new smartphone application that makes accessing accurate news and information easier for Cubans, who live in one of the least free press environments in the world. The app, which is available for iPhone and Android Read more »

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Burma President Questioned on Rights Issues at VOA Town Hall Event

Burmese President Thein Sein (left) at live VOA town hall event on May 19 in Washington with Burmese Service Chief Lwin Htun Than.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Burmese President Thein Sein defended his government’s record on human rights issues before a live studio audience at Voice of America Sunday, the first day of his visit to the United States. President Thein Sein, who is scheduled to meet with President Read more »

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Bashar Fahmi Still Missing After Nine Months

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Alhurra Television has released a video (above) to ensure that Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi, who went missing in Aleppo, Syria on Aug. 20, 2012, is not forgotten nine months later. Fahmi was a part of a group of reporters caught in crossfire in Aleppo, causing Read more »

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Ten Days After Detention, Fate Of RFE/RL Turkmen Correspondent Is Unknown

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  WASHINGTON – Despite multiple requests to Turkmen authorities, RFE/RL is unable to obtain any information about the condition of Turkmen Service correspondent Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, 30, who was detained on May 6 by local police in the northeastern city of Turkmenabat. RFE/RL Acting President and CEO Read more »

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VOA Exclusive: Boston Bombing Suspect Met Former Chechen Rebel before Attack

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A former Chechen rebel fighter living in the United States tells VOA he met several times with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to the attack that killed three and wounded more than 260 others.   In an exclusive interview, former Chechen rebel Musa Read more »

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Board Members Discuss Media Freedom and Other Ongoing BBG Priorities and Hold a Town Hall Meeting on the Budget

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WASHINGTON – Members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors met on May 15 — the second continuation of the Board’s recessed meeting on April 11 — and hosted an agency-wide town hall meeting about the FY 2014 budget proposal. The Board meeting opened with a Read more »

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VOA Pronunciation Guide Gets Innovative Makeover

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mastering hard-to-say names from around the world is now easier and faster than ever with Voice of America’s newly updated online pronunciation guide. VOA Pronounce gives you access to nearly 7,000 hard-to-say newsmaker names and locations, and it puts them at your Read more »

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Newseum Memorial Honors VOA Reporter killed in Pakistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Slain VOA reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif-one of 82 journalists from around the world who lost their lives in 2012-was honored in Washington Monday as the Newseum added new names to its memorial for fallen journalists. “This is a solemn and sad occasion Read more »

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