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VOA’s Shaka Ssali Moderates Ugandan Presidential Debate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Shaka Ssali, host and managing editor of Voice of America’s TV and radio program Straight Talk Africa, was selected to serve as one of three moderators for the Ugandan presidential debate in Kampala, Uganda on Feb. 13.  Ugandans go to the polls […]

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VOA Creole Marks 30 Years On the Air

VOA Creole journalist Jacquelin Belizaire (R) with then Haitian President Michel Martelly in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Creole Service of the Voice of America is celebrating its 30th anniversary. From its first five-minute news feed with one broadcaster to its current Radio-on-TV programming, VOA Creole has been one of the most reliable and authoritative sources of news in Haiti. More […]

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Credibility of Russian Media Lacking in Baltic Nations

A Chechen woman looks at a TV screen with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

Washington, D.C. – Russian speakers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania rank Kremlin-backed media as the least trustworthy among international, Russian Federation and domestic news sources, according to research presented by the Broadcasting Board of Governors yesterday. In addition, only those survey respondents who considered Russian-backed […]

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BBG 2017 Budget Request Prioritizes Key Audiences and New Technologies

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) today released its Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, seeking $777.8 million to accelerate its market-driven shift to digital media, concentrate broadcasting to foreign policy priority audiences, better measure impact, and expand global distribution capabilities. “This budget makes […]

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RFE/RL Journalists Remain Behind Bars, Despite Demands for Release

Jailed Journalists Khadija Ismayilova (l), Saparmamed Nepeskuliev

WASHINGTON — On February 5, RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova will mark 14 months behind bars in an Azeri prison, despite widespread condemnation of her case and high-profile demands for her release. The day also marks the 38th birthday of RFE/RL Turkmen contributor Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, who has been […]

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VOA Condemns Attack on Kabul Journalists

A cameraman films a news anchor at Tolo News studio in Kabul Afghanistan, October 18, 2015.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Voice of America condemns the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, January 20 that killed seven journalists and wounded 26 others who worked for Tolo TV and its parent company, Moby Group. “Voice of America champions media freedom around the world,” […]

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Ismayilova Confirms Clooney as Defense Counsel

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(WASHINGTON — January 21, 2016)  The announcement by international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney that she will defend RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights has raised the profile of the case along with hopes among media freedom advocates that the additional attention […]

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VOA Kurdish Launches New TV Program

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WASHINGTON D.C., January 20, 2016 — On Wednesday, January 20th, the Voice of America’s Kurdish Service launched Kurdvizyon (Kurd Vision), a new 30-minute television news program, via its Kurdish affiliate, Ozgur Gun TV, in Dayirbakir, Turkey. Kurdvizyon provides the latest news on ISIS, Iraq and Turkey, and covers critical […]

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa Mark Fifth Anniversary of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution

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  As Tunisia marks the five-year anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution that toppled longtime dictator Zine al- Abidine Ben Ali, Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa commemorated the event.  Programs on both networks examined vital issues of importance to Arabic-speaking audiences of the Middle East and […]

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BBG, VOA Honor Freelance Journalist Killed in Yemen

Freelance Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors expressed shock and sadness Sunday after freelance journalist Almigdad Mojalli, on assignment for the Voice of America, was killed in an air raid in Yemen. “Almigdad Mojalli was a committed and talented journalist who made the ultimate sacrifice […]

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  • Imprisoned in Azerbaijan

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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.


    1 year 4 months 24 days

    in prison

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