July 28, 2014

About Our Networks

— Time publishes a piece by BBG Chairman Jeff Shell on U.S. international media, and the importance of objective and uncensored journalism.

— “…to reach large populations it is necessary to use whatever media platforms are prevalent in a given region. This is what VOA and other government-sponsored broadcasters do well.” – Boston Globe opinion piece on need for more public diplomacy efforts.

— The Straits Times discusses how Western international broadcasters are leaving shortwave.

— North Korean pirate radio helps people listen to foreign programs, including VOA and RFA.

Citations of BBG Networks

— Washington Post cites VOA coverage of Boko Haram violence in Kolofata.

— The Star cites Alhurra-Iraq report that gunmen who seized Riyadh al-Adhdah have now released him.

— Moscow Times cites RFE/RL reporting on first peaceful gay pride parade in St. Petersburg.

— Yonhap cites VOA reporting on North Korea’s human rights violations.

— Brookings cites VOA reporting on dismissal of Rwandan Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi.

— Epoch Times cites RFA reporting on tightening censorship in China.

— The Age cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukrainians boycotting Russian goods.

— Elaph (pan-Arab news site) published an editorial highlighting the character of the former Alhurra bureau chief and correspondent in Iraq Ahmed Al Mohana, who passed away last week.

— Ayoon News (Egyptian news site) uses video of Alhurra’s congressional correspondent Rana Abtar reporting on the Wednesday hearing on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the hearing, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, blasted the Obama administration for failing to act quickly against a Sunni extremist group, saying it had ignored Iraqi calls for drone strikes since last summer.

— Ramrem (Jordanian news site) cited Radio Sawa report regarding the intensified clashes between the Syrian Army and ISIS, in which at least 70 people have been killed.

— Alkhabar (Egyptian news site) cited Radio Sawa’s Sameer Nader and Najood Al Kasem regarding the efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas movement, and the situation in the Palestinian territories.

Of Interest

— Why our work is critical.

— U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya.

— CPJ Journalist Security Guide

— How Africa’s communications revolution is eroding bad press.

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