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Opening Remarks on “Celebrating Our Diversity” Ceremony, May 28th, 2003, by Seth Cropsey, Director, International Broadcasting Bureau

THE ENDS OF DIVERSITY It is a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity to speak on Diversity Day and to share some thoughts about the important role diversity plays in American history and in our daily lives. America has always been a diverse Read more »

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Iran Blocks Radio Farda,Voice of America Persian Websites

The Iranian government is blocking the websites of Voice of America (VOA) Persian ( and Radio Farda ( to prevent Iran

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New Radio Transmitters in Afghanistan Reach Nationwide

Two 400 kilowatt transmitters installed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) are operating in Afghanistan, giving the country nationwide, medium-wave (AM) radio service for the first time. The transmitters are especially significant because they will allow programs to reach all listeners in Afghanistan. One Read more »

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U.S. International Broadcasting Starts Transmissions In Northern Iraq

Radio Sawa, the Arabic language station, has begun broadcasting 24 hours a day from FM transmitters in Erbil and Sulaimanya, two cities in Northern Iraq, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) announced today. Voice of America (VOA) Kurdish and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Arabic, Read more »

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President Appoints Pedro Roig Director of Cuba Broadcasting

Washington, D.C., April 1, 2003

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OCB Chief Lew Announces Resignation

Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) Director Salvador Lew announced his resignation today in a letter to President Bush. Lew said his resignation was prompted by health reasons, according to Broadcasting Board of Governors’ Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson who thanked Lew for his service. Fernando Rojas, Read more »

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Statement from the Broadcasting Board of Governors

The Broadcasting Board of Governors released the following statement today: There are no plans to request broadcasting rights for the U.S. government from the transmitting station at Playa de Pals. The ability of newer and different media and the availability of other transmitting locations have Read more »

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Radio Sawa Increases News Coverage To Iraq, Middle East

Washington, D.C., March 20, 2003 – Radio Sawa, the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) popular, 24-hour-a-day Arabic language station, has more than doubled its daily news coverage to Iraq. Additionally, the station broadcast five hours of uninterrupted information the first night bombs fell on Baghdad, Read more »

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Radio Sawa’s Website Expands To Provide News, Information and Entertainment Round-the-Clock

Washington, D.C., March 3, 2003 – Radio Sawa, the 24-hour-a-day Arabic-language station broadcasting to the Middle East, has expanded its website ( to provide updated news and information round-the-clock. Newscasts, broadcast twice an hour, are posted on the Radio Sawa website, as well as feature Read more »

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Written Testimony of Kenneth Y. TomlinsonChairman, Broadcasting Board of Governors, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on American Public Diplomacy in the Islamic World

Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations two weeks ago laying out the case against Iraq was beyond any doubt among the most important statements in the war on terrorism, one that everyone in the world needed to hear. Had Secretary Powell Read more »

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