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Voice of America Journalist Arrested and Beaten in Angola

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A Voice of America reporter was arrested and beaten by police in Angola while on assignment Tuesday, May 24. “I am outraged that VOA’s journalist in Luanda was so viciously attacked simply for doing his job,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation of VOA reporters […]

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Voice of America Journalists Beaten in Pakistan and Iraq

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“I am appalled that these VOA journalists, who were only doing their job of reporting accurate information, were beaten and harassed by security forces,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation only generates an opposite effect. VOA will not be deterred in its efforts to seek out and share the truth.”

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BBG 360: Matthew Baise, VOA Director of Digital Strategy


Making Progress in Digital and Social Media Matthew Baise is the Director of Digital Strategy for VOA.  He focuses primarily on audience development on web, mobile and social platforms.  He also leads product development for VOA across multiple platforms.  He joined the agency in 2010 […]

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Internet, Mobile and Social Use on the Rise in Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan

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Washington, D.C. – Iraqis are increasingly turning to the internet, social media and mobile phones to learn about news and other developments, although television remains their dominant source for information, according to research presented on Wednesday at a briefing conducted by the BBG and Gallup […]

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BBG Marks World Press Freedom Day

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Today, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Broadcasting Board of Governors reiterates its commitment to defending and celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world.  According to Freedom House in its 2016 Freedom of the Press report, global press freedom […]

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VOA Kinyarwanda Programming Available on Mobile in Rwanda


WASHINGTON — The Voice of America and the Kigali-based digital media company Hooza have signed an agreement making VOA’s VOA60 Afurika program in Kinyarwanda available to mobile subscribers on the MTN Rwanda and Airtel Rwanda networks. “Increasingly, people are using their mobile phones to access information that is […]

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Sandy Sugawara Sworn In as Voice of America Deputy Director

Sandy Sugawara (L) is sworn in by VOA Director Amanda Bennett (R) as the organization's new Deputy Director. Director of Language Programming Kelu Chao, who served as VOA's Acting Director for nearly a year, holds the U.S. Constitution.

Award-winning journalist Sandy Sugawara, who played a leading role in transforming The Washington Post’s newsroom to a data-driven, digital operation, was sworn in as Deputy Director of the Voice of America on Monday, May 2, joining the leadership team of Amanda Bennett, who was sworn […]

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VOA Takes Medal and Finalist Prizes at New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards


WASHINGTON — Journey 1945: China’s Path to Victory, the vivid tale of two Chinese veterans of the 1st American Volunteer Group organized by the U.S. Government to aid China’s Nationalist Government against Japan during WW II, won a silver medal at this year’s New York Festivals International […]

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BBG Meeting Focuses on Importance of Digital, Social Media; New VOA Director Introduced


  WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C., headquarters to receive programming highlights from the BBG networks that advance the agency’s strategic priorities, and to discuss the BBG’s expansion into digital and social media. Today’s meeting was attended by […]

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VOA Marks 36th Anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Independence

These three panelists participated in a for the Panelists Gregory Simpkins (L) Sibongile Sidile Sibanda (C) and 
Reverend Isaac Mwase (R)

WASHINGTON — The topic of Zimbabwe’s long-time president, Robert Mugabe, dominated a VOA panel discussion on Zimbabwe on the 36th anniversary of the country’s independence on Monday. “It’s difficult for anyone who’s stayed in power for 36 years to stay on track,” said a member of […]

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