March 28, 2014

About Our Networks

— Congress moving closer to a bill that will increase Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty broadcasts to Ukraine (Washington PostWall Street Journal)

Citations of BBG Networks

— Foreign Policy cites VOA report on Russian troops near Ukraine.

— Government Executive quotes VOA coverage on challenges of having extra military equipment left over from war.

— Want China Times citing RFA on recommendation that male students in North Korea get Kim Jong-un haircut.

— Washington Times cites RFE/RL reporting on Transdniester.

— ShalomLife cites RFE/RL’s UkraineUnspun report on Russian anchor’s remarks about the Holocaust.

In the foreign-language press:

— Al Ahram (Egyptian daily newspaper) cites Radio Sawa that Islamist militants bombed a large Shiite Muslim shrine in the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was to blame for the two powerful explosions that destroyed the shrine.

— Al Bawaba News (pan-Arab news site) cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from the State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki regarding the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for an Israeli agreement to release 12 Palestinians from prison. “Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage against the United States, a very serious crime, was sentenced to life in prison, and is serving his sentence,” Psaki said. “There are currently no plans to release Jonathan Pollard.”

— Sada El Balad (Egyptian news site) cited Radio Sawa report that rescuers found 10 more bodies in the debris of a Washington state mudslide, bringing the death toll from the devastating slide to 24.

Of Interest

— Afghanistan’s multinational mobile phone company.

— Censoring search results is a First Amendment right?

— Journalism in America.

— Turkey blocks YouTube after secret conversation leaked on social media.

— Facebook plans to use drones, satellites and lasers to deliver Internet to the world.

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