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VOA Reports on Rise and Fall in Turkey

Supporters of the Kurdish-backed HDP party take to the streets of Istanbul to celebrate the news that the HDP will, for first time ever, have seats in parliament.

Washington, D.C.—The Voice of America provided extensive coverage of the parliamentary elections in Turkey over the weekend as the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) won enough votes to give Kurds a voice in Parliament for the first time and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Read more »

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“Pakistan has created enough mischief” – Former Afghan President tells VOA

Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, had a reputation for speaking bluntly during the years he was in power.  Now that he is out of office he is even more blunt, as he showed in an interview in Kabul this week with VOA Afghan Read more »

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‘Until They Are Killed or We Die’ — President of Iraq Talks with VOA

Man, with Iraqi flag behind him, speaking

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2015 – What is the security situation in Iraq? Why have Sunnis joined Islamic State forces? What role does Iran have in the fight against the Islamic State? What is the role of the United States? Should Iraq negotiate with the Islamic Read more »

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RFE/RL Takes Action In Azerbaijan

RFE/RL Baku office sealed by authorities in Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has closed its Baku bureau, after Azeri authorities sealed the office shut last December in connection with a government-led campaign against foreign organizations. “Azeri authorities have acted illegally and arbitrarily, causing profound, and in several cases permanent, suffering and dislocation for our Read more »

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Current Time Expanding in Eastern Europe

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WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) — Current Time, a TV news program for Russian-speaking audiences in countries bordering Russia, launched its new weekend edition with shows affording viewers a fresh alternative to Russian-controlled TV. Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) share the mic on Current Time’s Read more »

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Radio Martí Celebrates 30 Years of Broadcasting


MIAMI – May 20 will mark the 30th anniversary of Radio Martí providing uncensored and unbiased news and information to the citizens of Cuba. “The staying power of Radio Martí is a testament to the importance of a free flow of information,” said Carlos García-Pérez, Read more »

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Azeri Journalist’s Jail Sentence Extended on Eve of European Games


(WASHINGTON – May 15, 2015) An Azeri court ruled on May 14 to extend the imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor who was jailed last December in what is widely viewed as an act of retribution by Azeri authorities for exposing corruption linked to Read more »

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BBG Ensures Access to Unrestricted News in Burundi Amid Crisis

On The Scene Burundi Tense a Day After Coup Attempt

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2015) — Amid violence, civil unrest and a crackdown on independent media in Burundi, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is surging media operations to Bujumbura and surrounding cities. “Keeping the airwaves open for our audience to get reliable news and information Read more »

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VOA on the Frontlines of Political Crisis in Burundi

reporter in helmet and flack jacket, addressing the camera, behind him are demonstrators and policemen

Voice of America is leading international coverage of the political upheaval in Burundi with on-the-scene reporting and new programming in Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, French, Swahili, and English. VOA East Africa Correspondent Gabe Joselow reported from the streets of Burundi’s capital early Wednesday amid reports of a Read more »

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VOA Boosts Broadcasts to Burundi as Civilians Flee Political Violence

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WASHINGTON – Voice of America today began boosting broadcasts to Burundi where at least 14 people have been and killed and more than 200 injured in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term.   VOA has additional shortwave and FM broadcasts in Read more »

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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.

    11 months 25 days

    in prison

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