Category Archives: Press Release

Statement of the Broadcasting Board of Governors on Closure of Independent Media in Armenia

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) strongly objects to the blackout of independent media in Armenia. Under the state of emergency rules that went into effect on March 2, media were ordered to cite only official sources when covering national news, and the Voice of Read more »

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Statement by the Broadcasting Board of Governors on Iran

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) condemns the Iranian government’s baseless sentencing of RFE/RL journalist Parnaz Azima to one year in prison for “spreading anti-state propaganda.” “Tried and convicted in absentia, Ms. Azima has done nothing more than report the news,” said James K. Glassman, Read more »

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United States Broadcasting Board of Governors Issues Statement Critical of Arab Broadcasting Charter

The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has criticized adoption of a new broadcasting charter on February 12, 2008 by Arab information ministers and is urging the League of Arab States to reconsider the decision. In a statement released today, the BBG says the new Read more »

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Statement from the Broadcasting Board of Governors on the Death of Congressman Tom Lantos

The members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors express their deepest regret at the passing of Chairman Tom Lantos (D-CA). Chairman Lantos was a tireless defender of human rights and freedom of the press, and an indefatigable guardian of persecuted populations around the world. The Read more »

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FY 2009 Budget Request for U.S. International Broadcasting

The fiscal year 2009 budget request for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) introduces new broadcast initiatives to reach audiences in critical areas of the world, including the Middle East, Iran, Somalia, Russia, China and Venezuela. The Administration

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Alisher Saipov, Journalist Reporting for the Voice of America, Killed in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Alisher Saipov, a journalist who reported extensively for the Voice of America (VOA), was killed outside his office earlier today in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Saipov reported for VOA

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Testimony by VOA Burmese Service Chief Before Congressional Human Rights Caucus

In an appearance this afternoon before a special session on Burma of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Voice of America (VOA) Burmese service chief Than Lwin Htun said that the situation in Burma is “anything but normal.” “Just this morning,” he continued, “residents in Mandalay, Read more »

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VOA and RFA Double Broadcasts to Burma

The Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) are now broadcasting a total of seven hours a day to Burma in response the Burmese government’s crackdown

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Azerbaijani Radio License Approved for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America

September 10, 2007

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Statement from Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman James K. Glassman and Voice of America Director Danforth W. Austin

We deeply regret and condemn the senseless murder of Ali Iman Sharmarke, a longtime friend of the Voice of America, and a courageous journalist committed to establishing a free press in his native Somalia. On Saturday, August 11, 2007, Mr. Sharmarke, co-owner and founder of Read more »

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