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Cuban Security Ejects TV Martí Team from Panama Press Conference

TV Marti reporter Karen Caballero talking to reporters after being ejected from press conference by Cuban officials.

Panama City, Panama – (April 11, 2015) Cuban security officials forced TV Martí’s reporter Karen Caballero and cameraman Rudy Hernandez out of today’s press conference with the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Panama. Caballero and Hernandez are fully credentialed to cover the historic summit Read more »

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20% of Cubans Report Listening to Radio Martí

Radio Marti show El Revoltillo. L-R: TK

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2015) — Twenty percent of Cubans report listening to Radio Marti in the last seven days, according to an independent survey conducted in March among a nationally representative sample of 1,200 Cuban adults (18 or older) across the island. “We are providing Read more »

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David Ensor Stepping Down as VOA Director

David Ensor

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015) — Voice of America Director David Ensor today announced his resignation after nearly four years leading the nation’s international state broadcaster. During Ensor’s tenure, VOA’s radio, television, and online audience grew by 49 million people to 172 million a week, according Read more »

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VOA Announces New Managing Editor for News Center

headshot of Clara Dominguez, VOA's new managing editor

“Clara is the right person to lead us to a ‘digital first’ newsroom for the 21st century,” Ensor says. “She is a clear-headed, highly-intelligent, seasoned journalist with a track record of extraordinary success building audience.”

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Nigeria’s Big Election Gets Big VOA Coverage

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (L), with VOA English to Africa reporter Peter Clottey

Washington, DC – Voice of America will provide unprecedented coverage of Nigeria’s presidential election, being held Saturday. It’s an election that has already been postponed once, taking place under the shadow of terrorism. With reporters fanned out throughout Africa’s most populous country — including the Read more »

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Relations with US Are Back on Track, Afghan Leaders Tell VOA

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah each gave interviews to VOA emphasizing their desire to strengthen ties between the two countries that became badly frayed in the final months of former President Hamid Karzai’s term.

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RFE/RL Announces Journalism Prize Honoring Slain Baghdad Bureau Chief

Memorial event for RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Cief Mohammed Bdaiwi, Baghdad, 23Mar2015

  (WASHINGTON — March 26, 2015)  One year after its Baghdad bureau chief was slain, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has launched the Muhammad Bdaiwi Memorial Journalism Prize to pay tribute to his career by recognizing the best examples of radio journalism in Iraq.  “In this way, Read more »

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Villager Named Radio Free Afghanistan’s Person of the Year

Jawas Khan staring at his daughter's grave

(WASHINGTON — March 21, 2015) To mark Norouz, the Afghan New Year, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan has named Jawas Khan, a farmer residing in a remote village in the country’s Khost province, the recipient of its eighth annual Person of the Year award. Khan, a 38-year Read more »

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In Iraq, TV Ubiquitous and Internet Use Rising

A shopkeeper in Basra, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday June 4, 2009, adjusts a TV showing US President Barack Obama on the day that the US president visits Egypt. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jourani)

WASHINGTON — Amid major political transitions and conflict, Iraq remains a market dominated by TV. This is despite the attention given to ISIL’s use of Internet and new media, according to new data issued today by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup. “Television Read more »

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VOA Exclusive: Nigeria Brings in Foreign Soldiers To Fight Boko Haram

FILE - Chadian soldiers drive through the streets of Gambaru, Nigeria, Feb. 4, 2015.

Nigerian military sources told VOA today that soldiers from South Africa and other countries are in Nigeria fighting Boko Haram.  The sources said some of the foreigners are engaging in ground combat and others are flying air missions. Nigerian government officials confirmed the presence of Read more »

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