Board Meeting- June 23

Impact Beyond Reach

At the June 23 meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Directors, CEO John Lansing hosted a panel discussion on measuring impact. That discussion was streamed on Facebook Live and is available now for viewing.

Khadija Free

Khadija Ismayilova Released

On May 25, investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was released from jail after the Azerbaijan Supreme Court revised her sentence. Read statements by the BBG CEO John Lansing and Chairman Jeff Shell on the release.

VOA Journos

VOA Journalists Beaten In Pakistan And Iraq

Voice of America journalists were beaten and harassed by authorities in Pakistan and Iraq earlier this week. One of the journalists was a reporter for VOA Deewa and the other for VOA Kurdish. Read More

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BBG Meets with Secretary Kerry

"I applaud the reforms that BBG’s new leadership has already taken, and I congratulate CEO John Lansing for the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the organization.”  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.    Read More

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Amanda Bennett Sworn In as New VOA Director

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amanda Bennett was sworn in on April 18, 2016 as the 29th Director of the Voice of America (VOA). Read More

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Media Consumption In Iraq; Are Mobiles Changing The Way Iraqis Get Their News?

While television remains the most popular source of news and information in Iraq, Iraqis and Iraqi Kurds increasingly are turning to non-traditional sources such as the internet and mobile phones to follow current events. Read More

Alhurra and Radio Sawa to Offer Extensive Coverage of Mubarak Trial

On Wednesday, August 3rd, Alhurra and Radio Sawa will provide in-depth and extensive coverage of the trial of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.  In addition to live reports from correspondents in Egypt and across the Middle East, both networks are encouraging viewers to send in […]

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Radio and TV Martí Grow Twitter Following in Cuba

Despite Cuban government restrictions, Radio and TV Martí have noticed a sharp increase in the number of tweets from Cuba, as well as an increase in the number of people following Marti’s Twitter feed. Between March and July of this year, Martí’s Twitter followers jumped […]

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Musharraf Discusses al Qaida With VOA

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf told Voice of America Thursday that he doesn’t think Osama bin Laden’s death will weaken al Qaida. Appearing at the VOA television studios in Washington, Musharraf said he was “surprised and shocked” that bin Laden was found in Pakistan, and […]

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Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman Discusses Libya, Syria and Lebanon During an Interview on Alhurra Television

During an interview with Alhurra Television, the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman discussed the U.S. meetings with Qaddafi advisors, Syria’s announcement to restrict movement of the U.S. Ambassador and Lebanon’s boundary dispute with Israel. The interview was cited in dozens […]

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Alhurra Talks to the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

In an exclusive interview with Alhurra Television, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen discussed the presence of additional U.S. troops in Iraq, the situation in Libya, the growing Iranian role in Iraq, the situation in Syria and the House Foreign […]

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Cuban Dissident Listened Daily to VOA-Radio Marti Show

One of Cuba’s most prominent dissidents, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, says the joint Voice of America – Radio Marti program “A Fondo” kept him informed about news events during his long incarceration in a Cuban Jail. Ferrer, who had been serving a 25 year sentence […]

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Alhurra Interviews South Sudan’s Vice President

The Vice President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, sat down for an interview with Alhurra television after the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution admitting the newly independent Republic of South Sudan as the 193rd member of the United Nations.  Mr. Machar discussed the […]

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BBG Board Meets to Further Strategic Review

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) met on July 14 to further the ongoing, comprehensive strategic review of U.S. international broadcasting. “We have an important opportunity and profound responsibility to position U.S. international broadcasting for the future. These ongoing consultations will lead shortly to recommendations […]

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BBG Executive Director Briefs Group on Proposed Smith-Mundt Changes

BBG Executive Director Jeff Trimble briefed the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy today about the Board’s position on Smith-Mundt, particularly seeking to repeal the ban on domestic dissemination of BBG broadcasts. The meeting was held on the Hill and was an excellent opportunity to discuss […]

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