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RFA Hosts Banned Film on Murdered Cambodian Rainforest Activist on Website


WASHINGTON – Ahead of World Press Freedom Day, Radio Free Asia (RFA) is making available online a recently banned documentary film about the murder of a prominent Cambodian rainforest activist. The makers of “I Am Chut Wutty” have agreed to allow RFA to post the Cambodian language film on its RFA Khmer website in perpetuity starting Tuesday (April 26).

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VOA Takes Medal and Finalist Prizes at New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards


WASHINGTON — Journey 1945: China’s Path to Victory, the vivid tale of two Chinese veterans of the 1st American Volunteer Group organized by the U.S. Government to aid China’s Nationalist Government against Japan during WW II, won a silver medal at this year’s New York Festivals International […]

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BBG Meeting Focuses on Importance of Digital, Social Media; New VOA Director Introduced


  WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C., headquarters to receive programming highlights from the BBG networks that advance the agency’s strategic priorities, and to discuss the BBG’s expansion into digital and social media. Today’s meeting was attended by […]

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BBG Condemns Targeting of Independent Journalists in Crimea, Including RFE/RL Contributors


WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors condemns the targeting of independent journalists in Russia-annexed Crimea following police searches on Tuesday of the homes of seven residents of the peninsula, including some who have worked as RFE/RL contributors. The Moscow-backed Crimean Prosecutor General’s Office says […]

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VOA Marks 36th Anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence

These three panelists participated in a for the Panelists Gregory Simpkins (L) Sibongile Sidile Sibanda (C) and 
Reverend Isaac Mwase (R)

WASHINGTON — The topic of Zimbabwe’s long-time president, Robert Mugabe, dominated a VOA panel discussion on Zimbabwe on the 36th anniversary of the country’s independence on Monday. “It’s difficult for anyone who’s stayed in power for 36 years to stay on track,” said a member of […]

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RSF Index Underscores “Desperate Need” in Asia for Reliable Press: RFA President


WASHINGTON – Media freedom further declined in Radio Free Asia’s broadcast region, according to the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its 2016 Press Freedom Index. Radio Free Asia (RFA) President Libby Liu said the report, which was issued on Wednesday, underscores a […]

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RFE/RL’s “Desperate Honeymoon” Documentary Wins New York Festivals Awards


WASHINGTON – RFE/RL’s video documentary “Desperate Honeymoon” won Silver and Bronze medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The documentary follows a newlywed Syrian couple as they flee their war-torn country and make the fraught journey […]

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Alhurra TV Wins Bronze at the New York Festivals


SPRINGFIELD, VA — Alhurra Television’s promotional video for the critically acclaimed series Delusional Paradise won a Bronze medal at the New York Festival International Television & Film Awards on Tuesday.  The five-minute video won in the category of Best Promotional Program. Delusional Paradise is a […]

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BBG Meets With Secretary Kerry, Shares Key Priorities of the Board

The Broadcasting Board of Governors met with Secretary Kerry on Tuesday.  Front Row (L-R) BBG Governors Matthew Armstrong, Karen Kornbluh, Michael Kempner
Back Row (L-R) BBG CEO John Lansing, BBG Chairman Jeff Shell, Secretary Kerry, Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel, BBG Governor Kenneth Weinstein

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) met today with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the BBG’s work and impact on key global issues. Secretary Kerry was briefed on a range of issues, including the Board’s journalistic mission to counter ISIS […]

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Amanda Bennett Sworn in as New Director of the Voice of America

Amanda Bennett is sworn in by BBG CEO and Director John Lansing as the 29th Director of the Voice of America.  Kelu Chao, who served as acting VOA Director for nearly a year, looks on.

  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amanda Bennett was sworn in today as the 29th Director of the Voice of America (VOA). “I am happy and excited to be joining such a vital news organization,” said Bennett. “VOA has a critical role ahead as it uses all its […]

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