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Killing of RFI Baghdad Bureau Chief Prompts Shock, Outrage Among BBG Board

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WASHINGTON (March 22, 2014) — The senseless death today of the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq has shocked the members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, who called for the immediate arrest of the Iraqi presidential guard accused in his shooting. “Dr. Read more »

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RFE/RL’s Baghdad Bureau Chief Shot Dead

RFE/RL Baghdad Bureau Chief Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi presidential guard has shot dead the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Mohammed Bdaiwi Obaid al-Shammari. The shooting occurred on March 22 at the gate of the compound housing RFI’s offices in Jadriyah neighborhood. Witnesses said Shammari was driving Read more »

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RFE/RL Appoints Interim Managers

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(WASHINGTON — February 28, 2014)  RFE/RL’s Board of Directors has appointed Vice President of Finance, CFO and Treasurer John Giambalvo and Editor-in-Chief for Programming Nenad Pejic to serve as Interim Managers of the Corporation. Their service begins on March 2, following the departure of Kevin Read more »

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Kevin Klose To Leave RFE/RL

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(WASHINGTON — February 25, 2014) RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose has announced that he will leave the organization March 1. In farewell remarks to RFE/RL staff, Klose expressed how “honored and delighted” he was to have worked with colleagues in Washington; Prague, Czech Republic, Read more »

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RFE/RL Decries Web Interference in Tajikistan

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(PRAGUE — February 24, 2014) Access inside Tajikistan to the website of RFE/RL’s Tajik Service, known locally as Radio Ozodi, has been blocked since February 22. The blockage, which has stopped traffic to the website from four of the country’s six main Internet service providers, coincides with Read more »

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Azerbaijani Prosecutors Pursue “Absurd” Allegations Against Ismayilova

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(WASHINGTON – February 20, 2014) RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service journalist Khadija Ismayilova was questioned for the third consecutive day today by Azerbaijan’s General Prosecutor’s office, on allegations that she leaked state secrets to U.S. congressional aides visiting Baku. The U.S. Embassy and RFE/RL’s President and CEO Kevin Klose Read more »

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Azerbaijan’s “Spy Network” Charge Escalates Pressure On RFE/RL Journalists

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(WASHINGTON — February 18, 2014) Accusations of espionage were made against two journalists from RFE/RL’s Azerbaijan Service this week, marking an escalation of longstanding campaigns to silence them. Investigative reporter and Radio Azadliq journalist Khadija Ismayilova was summoned to Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General’s office today as a witness in Read more »

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RFE/RL Celebrates World Radio Day’s Efforts To Empower Women

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(WASHINGTON — February 13, 2014) RFE/RL celebrates this year’s UNESCO’s World Radio Day and its focus on empowering women through the reach of radio. For more than 60 years, RFE/RL has used radio to provide uncensored news and discussion in countries where free press has been banned Read more »

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Armstrong, Klose Visit Ukraine, Renew Calls To Protect Journalists

BBG Governor Matt Armstrong & RFE/RL President Kevin Klose meet with RFE/RL & VOA Ukrainian Service journalists & staff at RFE/RL's bureau in Kyiv

One week after dozens of journalists were attacked by police in and around Kyiv’s Maidan Square, RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Matthew Armstrong arrived in the Ukrainian capital to meet with U.S. international media journalists, to denounce Read more »

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BBG Nominated for Prestigious International Global Mobile Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The mobile news platform developed across components of the BBG – and used around the world – has been named a finalist for the “Best Mobile Publishing Product or Service” in the GSM Association (GSMA) 2014 Global Mobile Awards. The BBG’s Office of Digital Read more »

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