Khadija Free

Khadija Ismayilova Released

On May 25, investigative journalists 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

Kerry

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

Amanda Bennett

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

Board Meeting, Digital Panel

BBG Meeting Focuses On Importance Of Digital, Social Media

The Broadcasting Board of Governors met on April 20, 2016 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. Read More

Gallup-Iraq

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

RFE Contributor Committed To Psychiatric Facility By Turkmen Authorities

Turkmen authorities have confined an RFE contributor to a psychiatric hospital after he criticized a local government official for corruption in an interview with RFE’s Turkmen Service, Radio Azatlyk. Amangelen Shapudakov, 80, was summoned to local police headquarters in his home district of Magtymguly in […]

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Just Say It! VOA Portuguese Call-in show Debuts in Angola

Social issues, health, politics, unemployment, just about any subject will be debated in a new weekly Voice of America call-in program called Angola, Fala Só. The half-hour Portuguese language show, which roughly translates to “just say it” in English, was inspired by a popular expression […]

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Crisis in Japan: A TweetChat with VOA Correspondent Steve Herman

Twitter users around the world know Voice of America’s Steve Herman from his terse and sometimes poignant tweets from Japan describing the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.  National Public Radio, WABC New York, the Columbia Journalism Review and a host of […]

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BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson Discusses Social Media

BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson appeared on Alhurra’s nightly talk show Free Hour to discuss the role of social media in the recent Arab revolutions. Five activists and bloggers from Egypt, Tunisia, France and Libya also joined the hour-long discussion. Isaacson observed that social media like […]

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Yemen Research "Deep Dive"

On Tuesday, March 22, the BBG and the Department of State’s Office of Opinion Research co-hosted a research “deep dive” on Yemen at the BBG headquarters. The event brought together dozens of media research personnel in Washington and embassy staff in Sana’a, Yemen to analyze […]

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Musician And UN Goodwill Ambassador Named Afghan ‘Person Of The Year’

A popular Afghan musician known for drawing huge crowds across Afghanistan is Radio Azadi’s “Person of the Year.” Farhad Darya was recognized by RFE’s Afghan station for his exceptional dedication to promoting music and cultural tolerance throughout the country. “Farhad’s songs carry a powerful message […]

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Banned In Iran: Radio Farda Streamed Nowruz Music Festival From Dubai

To celebrate Nowruz (the Persian New Year, which began on March 21), RFE’s Radio Farda live streamed a special three-day concert series from Dubai. Beginning on the 22nd and running through the 24th, the event brought together a number of different Iranian musicians who are […]

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Iranian Satire Stars Ring In Persian New Year On Radio Farda

As Nowruz celebrations begin in Iran, RFE’s Radio Farda will ring in the Persian New Year with the 200th episode of its popular satire show “Pas Farda” and live-streamed concerts by famous Iranian artists banned from performing inside the country. As a special treat, “Pas […]

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VOA Tibetan Service Celebrates 20th Anniversary of First Broadcast

The Voice of America’s Tibetan Service, which began with a 15 minute shortwave radio broadcast on March 25, 1991, is being hailed today as one of the most influential Tibetan language multi-media platforms in the world. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, once noted that, […]

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Radio Marti Focuses on Cuba’s Blogging Community

This Tuesday, “Las Noticias Como Son,” Radio Marti’s daily news magazine, discussed the tactics used by the Cuban government to discredit the voices of Cuba’s blogging community. The show focused on a recent episode of the official government television series “Cuba Reasons,” which attempted to […]

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