BBG Leaders Urge Senate Committee To Target Smart Reform Of U.S. International Media

Chairman Shell, Governor Weinstein and CEO Lansing testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the importance of U.S. international media and options for reform. Read More.

Global Audience Estimate

U.S. International Media Attracts Record Audience of 226 Million

The increase includes substantial gains in digital and television audiences in highly competitive media markets that are of strategic importance to the United States. Read More

Newseum ISIS Event

ISIS and the Digital War

Voice of America and the Newseum Institute hosted a forum on October 21 to discuss how the Islamic State group has mastered the use of social media to promote its cause like no other extremist organization. Read More

BBG Oct Meeting

BBG Meeting Outlines Activities in the Middle East and New Strategic Priorities

At its Oct 8 meeting, the BBG delved into the strategic priorities of the BBG Board and of newly-appointed CEO John Lansing, and to hear a detailed update on MBN operations and programming. Read More


Khadija Imprisoned

BBG Denounces Sentencing of Azeri Journalist 

BBG Chairman Jeff Shell called the verdict appalling and said, "This sentence is clearly retribution for Khadija exposing government corruption and sends a warning shot to other journalists in the country."  Read More

Burke Awards

BBG Announces 2015 Burke Award Winners

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has announced the winners of the 2015 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting. Read More.

VOA Boosts Broadcasts to Burundi as Civilians Flee Political Violence

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WASHINGTON – Voice of America today began boosting broadcasts to Burundi where at least 14 people have been and killed and more than 200 injured in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term.   VOA has additional shortwave and FM broadcasts in […]

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Alhurra Reaches Out to Arab Youth Through Two New Interactive Programs


(Springfield, Va.)  Alhurra Television encourages Arab audiences to join the discussion on-air with two new dynamic and interactive shows launching this week, DardechTAG and You and Nablia. Both shows target the Arab youth and provide them an opportunity to have their voices heard and be […]

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Senator McCain Talks To Alhurra TV About the GCC Conference and Syria

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to Alhurra Television’s Congressional Correspondent Rana Abtar about the upcoming summit between the Gulf Corporation Council and the United States.  He stated that he felt the Obama Administration would cater to the requests of the GCC countries stating it “can […]

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BBG Marks World Press Freedom Day

Current Time, a joint news program between VOA and RFE/RL serves as a counter to Russian propaganda.

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015)– On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (Sunday, May 3), 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, “conditions for the media deteriorated sharply in 2014, as […]

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Martís an Essential News Source in Cuba Amidst Policy Changes

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WASHINGTON – Changes in the relationship between the United States and Cuba may have resulted in a relaxation on travel and trade restrictions, but they have not diminished the censorship and media control on the island.  Leadership of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which manages […]

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Radio Free Asia Series on China Nuclear Risks Wins Award for Excellence in Journalism

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WASHINGTON – Radio Free Asia (RFA) today was named a winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists. RFA’s Cantonese Service’s investigative series on China’s nuclear energy risks, “A Citizenry Left in the Dark: China’s Nuclear […]

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MBN Celebrates Arab-American Heritage Month


MBN commemorated Arab-American Heritage Month with special shows and acquired programming that highlights the rich contributions made by Arab-Americans to the U.S. culture. Alhurra’s Al Youm traveled to Dearborn, Mich., to profile the city and community that is considered the unofficial capital of Arab-Americans.  The […]

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Board to Meet, Examine Office of Cuba Broadcasting

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet at its Washington, D.C. headquarters on April 29, 2015. In addition to Board business, the Board will receive a report by the BBG’s Interim CEO and Director, as well as a presentation by the Office of […]

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PEN to Honor Jailed Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova and her lawyer, Elton Guliyev, walkng outside en route to the offices of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General to respond to a summons to appear. Baku, Azerbaijan.

WASHINGTON – PEN American Center announced on April 15 that it will honor jailed journalist Khadija Ismayilova with the prestigious 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. This award is presented annually to a writer imprisoned or persecuted for his or her work. Ismayilova, who […]

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Imprisoned Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Wins PEN Award


(WASHINGTON — April 16, 2015) Jailed Azerbaijani investigative reporter and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova has been awarded PEN American Center’s 2015 Barbara Goldsmith Freedom To Write Award, given annually to “an imprisoned writer persecuted for exercising her right to free expression.” RFE/RL Editor in Chief […]

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  • The Board

    • Jeffrey Shell
    • Dr. Leon Aron
    • Matt Armstrong
    • Michael Kempner
    • John Forbes Kerry
    • Karen Kornbluh
    • Kenneth Weinstein
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