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VOA Persian Offers Wall-to-Wall Coverage of U.S. Congress Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Congress continues to debate on the Iran deal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—— As the U.S. Congress begins debate on the Iran nuclear agreement, viewers in Iran will receive the most complete and unfiltered coverage of the deal from Voice of America. VOA’s Persian service will be carrying wall-to-wall coverage of the debate and activities surrounding Read more »

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VOA Ukrainian to Launch “Prime Time with Myroslava Gongadze”

VOA's Myroslava Gongadze speaking with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv, Ukraine.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—— On Thursday, September 10, 2015, VOA’s Ukrainian Service will launch the weekly interview program Prime Time with Myroslava Gongadze on First National TV – Ukraine’s highly respected public broadcaster.Hosted by veteran anchor Myroslava Gongadze, who also co-hosted Ukraine’s 2014 parliamentary election debates on Read more »

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BBG Denounces Sentencing of Azeri Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Woman in radio studio.

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today expressed outrage and dismay at the sentencing of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative reporter and contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani Service, and called for her immediate release. On September 1, a court in Azerbaijan sentenced Read more »

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In Blow to Independent Media, Azerbaijan Sentences Ismayilova to 7 1/2 Years


  (WASHINGTON, September 1, 2015)  A Baku court today sentenced investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in prison on charges widely believed to be retribution for her reporting on corruption linked to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and members of his Read more »

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VOA Hosts Malala at the Newseum

Four people sit on a stage.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Malala, the well-known activist for the empowerment of women and the youngest Nobel Prize winner, was in Washington Sunday to take part in an event hosted by the Voice of America’s Deewa Radio and Television Service in cooperation with the Newseum. Nafees Takar, Read more »

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New VOA Persian Show Targets Young Viewers in Iran

Masih Alinejad hosts the new show Tablet.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—— Tablet, a new television show on Voice of America Persian language satellite channel, focuses on cultural and social issues involving young people in Iran and the United States.The 15-minute prime-time show with a youthful, energetic vibe is hosted by Masih Alinejad, an investigative Read more »

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Countless Media Outlets Turn to VOA Correspondents’ Exclusive Reporting on Bangkok Blast

VOA's Steve Herman appears on CBS Evening News

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Since the deadly explosion in Bangkok yesterday, many news outlets around the world have relied on reports from VOA’s Steve Herman, Barry Newhouse, and Zinlat Aung, who were among the first on the scene after the deadly blast hit the Erawan Shrine.Southeast Asia Correspondent Read more »

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African and American Lives Come Together on VOA’s Vous et Nous

From left to right: Congolese musician Fally Ipupa with co-hosts Roger Muntu and Anasthasie Tudieshe

VOA’s new weekly television show Vous et Nous launched with Congolese musician Fally Ipupa and President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, bringing together African and American experiences from Albino activism to urban beekeeping. “This is a show about issues that connect us and things that Read more »

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Broadcasting Board of Governors Names John Lansing as Chief Executive Officer


Former President of Scripps Networks Brings Background in Journalism and Multi-Platform Programming to Lead Next Generation of U.S. International Media BBG Networks Include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Martí, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Read more »

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VOA Reporter Breaks News on Bangkok Bomb Blast

Scene of bomb blast in central Bangkok, Aug. 17, 2015. (Photo: Zinlet Aung for VOA)

Steve Herman, VOA’s Southeast Asia Correspondent and cameraman Zinlat Aung were one of the first news teams on the scene to report on the explosion that hit the Erawan Shrine near the commercial Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok 7:00 pm local time Monday. They were quickly 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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