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 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

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

Secretary Kerry to VOA Persian: Iran Deal will Make the World Safer

KerryInterviewVOAPersian

WASHINGTON, D.C.—— A few hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution endorsing the West’s nuclear deal with Iran, US Secretary of State John Kerry told VOA the resolution is “an expression of hope for the future for Iran, for the rest of the […]

Posted in Press Release, VOA | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

André Mendes Speaks at Heritage Foundation Event

BBG CEO André Mendes (l) and Dean Cheng from the Heritage Foundation speak about non-conventional tools of engagement.

Interim CEO and Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors André Mendes was a panelist at the 4th annual, “Diplomacy and Warfare in the 21st Century” discussion on July 17, hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the Foreign Policy Initiative.   Mendes spoke about non-conventional tools […]

Posted in BBG, Highlight | Tagged , , | Comments closed

Martí Contributor Arrested Covering Fatal Building Collapse

Dilapidated building in Havana.

While capturing video of a deadly building collapse in Havana, independent reporter and Martí contributor Ignacio Gonzalez was arrested and detained on Wednesday, July 15. Heavy rainfall had contributed to the collapse that killed at least four people, including a three year old child, in a […]

Posted in Highlight, OCB | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

Governor Armstrong Travels to SE Asia to Visit USIM Operations

Two men shaking hands, one in a western style suit, the other in traditional Burmese clothes.

Before joining the rest of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for its meeting in Prague, BBG member Matt Armstrong traveled to South East Asia to gain first-hand knowledge of the local media environment and of U.S. international media operations in the region. Armstrong’s tour included […]

Posted in BBG, Highlight | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments closed

Senators Corker and Menendez Provide Reaction to Iran Deal on Alhurra TV

FullSizeRender copy

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) spoke to Alhurra Television about the Iranian nuclear deal that was announced on July 14, 2015. Sen. Corker stated that he was still reviewing the agreement, but was starting […]

Posted in Alhurra, Highlight | Tagged , , , , , | Comments closed

VOA Provides Comprehensive Coverage of Historic Iran Nuclear Agreement

Photo credit: Brian Allen (VOA)

WASHINGTON D.C., July 14, 2015 – Voice of America has provided extensive, around-the-clock coverage across various platforms on the historic agreement between Iran and the United States, Great Britain, France, China, Russia, plus Germany and the European Union. As the final agreement was announced in […]

Posted in Press Release, VOA | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

BBG Networks Provide Unparalleled Coverage of Iran Agreement

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, 2nd right, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, left, talk to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the wait for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, not pictured, for a group picture  at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

WASHINGTON – The networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors were the first to break the news in Persian of the historic nuclear agreement that had been reached with Iran, providing one of the few sources of accurate, reliable and comprehensive news source in the […]

Posted in BBG, Press Release | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments closed

‘Faces Of Srebrenica’ Project Overwhelmed By Response

a grid of faces

Twenty years after Europe’s worst single atrocity since World War II, RFE/RL’s Dzenana Halimovic wanted to ensure that the victims — and not just the names — are remembered. Faces of Srebrenica is an attempt to collect photos of all the more than 8,000 victims. […]

Posted in Highlight, RFE/RL | Tagged , , , | Comments closed

U.S. Official Talks to Alhurra About New Communication Hub in the UAE

33

Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel sat down with Alhurra Television to discuss the newly opened Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi and the fight to counter messaging from ISIL. Stengel stated that the goal of the Center, a joint American/Emirati project is […]

Posted in Alhurra, Highlight | Tagged , , , , | Comments closed

U.S. Senators Deplore Azerbaijan’s “Politically Motivated Arrests,” Call For Ismayilova’s Release

general150-rferlLogo

(WASHINGTON — July 9, 2015)  A group of 16 U.S. Senators, led by Minority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), addressed Azeri President Ilham Aliyev with growing concern about “a systematic crackdown on human rights and independent civil society” in Azerbaijan, calling on him in a […]

Posted in Press Release, RFE/RL | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments closed