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Citizen Journalists in Belarus Tell Election Story to VOA

A new breed of citizen journalist has emerged in Belarus, and dramatic first-hand accounts of the government’s post-election crackdown are being seen and heard because of a special Voice of America effort to harness the growing power of social media. Visits to the VOA Russian Read more »

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RFE Delivers 20,000 Solar-Powered Radios To Afghans

Thousands of Afghan schoolchildren, refugees, nomads, and people living in remote villages have better access to news and information today than they did three months ago. [PHOTOGALLERY] RFE’s Radio Azadi has completed its distribution of 20,000 solar-powered, hand-cranked radios throughout Afghanistan. The project, which began Read more »

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Moldovan Journalist Gets 15-Year Jail Sentence in Breakaway Region

A court in the breakaway region of Transdniester has sentenced Moldovan journalist Ernest Vardanean to 15 years in prison for espionage. The conviction prompted protests by the international community that the charges were unfounded. The 30 year-old journalist was arrested in April in Tiraspol, the Read more »

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Aung San Suu Kyi to Appear Weekly on VOA Burmese Call-In

Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will take part in a weekly VOA call-in show every Wednesday morning (Burmese time) to answer listeners’ questions on a broad range of political, social, and economic issues. “Aung San Suu Kyi has spent Read more »

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VOA’s Nigerian Town Hall Meeting

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, along with the wife of Nigeria’s vice-president and more than 3,000 others, took part in a Voice of America hosted town hall meeting Tuesday, aimed at finding ways to stop the preventable deaths of women and children. The Nigerian vice president’s Read more »

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U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Cites Progress in War Effort

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry tells VOA that NATO and Afghan forces have had a “degree of success in arresting Taliban momentum,” and in many parts of the country Taliban gains have been “halted and indeed reversed.” Ambassador Eikenberry told VOA’s “Ashna TV” that Read more »

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VOA Hosts ‘Town Hall’ Discussion on Southern Sudan Referendum

Several leading members of southern Sudan’s civil society gathered in Juba this week for a “town hall” style event organized by the Voice of America to discuss next month’s planned referendum on independence. Lilliane Riziq, director of the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network, told the Read more »

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RFE Kazakh Journalists Win IWPR Awards for Outstanding Human Rights Reporting

Two RFE journalists covering Kazakhstan have been awarded major journalism prizes by the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) for their “outstanding coverage of human rights issues in Central Asia.” RFE’s Almaty-based Dilbegim Mavloniy earned the honor for her series of reports on Read more »

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BBG Renews Calls for Press Freedom

On the occasion of UN Human Rights Day 2010, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) renews its call for press freedom and freedom of information around the world. “Advancing press freedom is central to our mission, including our efforts to combat censorship online and on Read more »

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December Meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) will meet on Friday, December 17. The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. The BBG will hear a Middle East trip report, a report from the Board’s Budget and Strategy Committee, and a report from the Read more »

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