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Voice of America Journalists Beaten in Pakistan and Iraq

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“I am appalled that these VOA journalists, who were only doing their job of reporting accurate information, were beaten and harassed by security forces,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation only generates an opposite effect. VOA will not be deterred in its efforts to seek out and share the truth.”

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Crimea Realities Chief Says Ban Won’t Stop Website


“This is an aggressive act that uses the outrageous pretext of extremism to censor RFE/RL and prevent audiences in Russia and Crimea from learning the truth about the annexation,” RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic said in a statement on May 12. “We condemn it as an attack on RFE/RL’s operations and the public’s fundamental right to freely access information,” he added.

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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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UNESCO Lauds Ismayilova Amid Mounting Pressure For Journalist’s Freedom


(WASHINGTON — May 3, 2016)  On World Press Freedom Day, imprisoned Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was named the 2016 recipient of theUNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, as journalists and activists around the world invoked the day’s message to call for her […]

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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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VOA Kinyarwanda Programming Available on Mobile in Rwanda


WASHINGTON — The Voice of America and the Kigali-based digital media company Hooza have signed an agreement making VOA’s VOA60 Afurika program in Kinyarwanda available to mobile subscribers on the MTN Rwanda and Airtel Rwanda networks. “Increasingly, people are using their mobile phones to access information that is […]

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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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Sandy Sugawara Sworn In as Voice of America Deputy Director

Sandy Sugawara (L) is sworn in by VOA Director Amanda Bennett (R) as the organization's new Deputy Director. Director of Language Programming Kelu Chao, who served as VOA's Acting Director for nearly a year, holds the U.S. Constitution.

Award-winning journalist Sandy Sugawara, who played a leading role in transforming The Washington Post’s newsroom to a data-driven, digital operation, was sworn in as Deputy Director of the Voice of America on Monday, May 2, joining the leadership team of Amanda Bennett, who was sworn […]

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MBN Marks Arab-American Heritage Month

Iraqi painter Shakir Alusi spoke to Alhurra about how his paintings reflect the life and colors of Iraq.

Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa highlighted Arab-American Heritage Month with a variety of programs and reports showcasing the accomplishments of Arab-Americans throughout the month of April. Alhurra’s Almajalla featured profiles of Arab-Americans who are realizing their dreams in the U.S. including: Moroccan kick-boxing champion Amine […]

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RFE/RL Wins Webby People’s Voice Award


WASHINGTON — A feature video produced by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service has won the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award. Watch This Disabled Boy’s World Change In Two Minutes tells the story of a disabled teenager who relies on his friends to push him in his wheelchair everyday […]

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