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RFE/RL Journalists Rounded Up in Baku

Baku-based RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalists forced from their bureau during raid by police and investigators, 26Dec2014

(WASHINGTON — December 27, 2014) Journalists with RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Servicereported today that police are pursuing them individually, going directly to their homes to take them in for questioning following a raid on the service’s Baku bureau yesterday. In a move the bureau’s legal team is Read more »

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BBG Condemns Raid of RFE/RL Baku Office

RFE/RL Baku office sealed by authorities in Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today condemned the raid and closure of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Baku office by Azerbaijani authorities. Investigators from Azerbaijan’s state prosecutor’s office entered the RFE/RL bureau on the morning of December 26 accompanied by armed police officers. They Read more »

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Azerbaijan Raids RFE/RL Baku Bureau

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(WASHINGTON – December 26, 2014)  The Baku bureau of RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service has been sealed shut following a raid this morning by police and investigators from the state prosecutor’s office, which appears to be intended to silence one of the country’s last independent media outlets. RFE/RL editor-in-chief and Read more »

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VOA’s Ilir Ikonomi Honored by the Union of Albanian Journalists

Albanian President Bujar Nishani presents VOA journalist Ilir Ikonomi with Lifetime Achievement Award.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Ilir Ikonomi, team leader of VOA’s Albanian Service, has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Union of Albanian Journalists, Albania’s most important journalistic organization. The award was presented to Ikonomi by Albania’s president, Bujar Nishani, in a ceremony held in Tirana on Read more »

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BBG Welcomes New Members, Examines IBB

Governor Ryan Crocker speaking at the December 18 meeting of the Board

WASHINGTON – With the announcement of three new members, the Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to examine in detail the function, structure and activities of the International Broadcasting Bureau. The IBB manages the transmission, distribution, digital media development, marketing, Read more »

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Senate Confirms Ambassador Kornbluh to the BBG

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WASHINGTON – The United States Senate last night unanimously confirmed Ambassador Karen Kornbluh to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media. “Karen’s international media expertise, experience and insight will be tremendous assets for the BBG,” said Chairman Read more »

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VOA Exclusive: Diamonds and the Death of the Central African Republic

A man who gave his name as Sylvain said he was in charge of the anti-balaka militia in the region around Boda. Armed mainly with machetes, the militia groups now control the rich diamond mining areas in the southwest part of CAR. Sept. 18, 2004 (VOA/Bagassi Koura)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do diamonds fuel a cycle of poverty and violence? A riveting multimedia report by VOA tells how the diamond trade did just that in the Central African Republic.The report opens with a video shot of a boy sifting through muddy water for Read more »

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VOA Ukrainian Marks Its 65th Anniversary

VOA Director David Ensor (L) with Ukrainian Service Chief Adrian Karmazyn at the 65th Anniversary Ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a celebration at VOA headquarters in Washington honoring the launch, on December 12, 1949, of VOA’s first broadcast in Ukrainian, that nation’s ambassador announced that a journalist in the Ukrainian Service will receive a prestigious honor from Kyiv. Ambassador Oleksandr Motsyk said Read more »

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Tech-Savvy Young Audience Gives Big Numbers to VOA Hausa

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —It has been a record-breaking time for the digital platform of VOA’s Hausa Service, which broadcasts to Nigeria and other Hausa-speaking areas of West Africa. On December 10, 1.1 million single day page views were recorded across the three VOA Hausa sites — Read more »

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Senate Confirms Two New Members for the BBG Board

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WASHINGTON – The United States Senate has confirmed two new members to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media. The Senate tonight unanimously approved Michael Kempner and Dr. Leon Aron for membership on the bipartisan board. In Read more »

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