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

Alhurra-Iraq Interviews Iraq’s Parliament Speaker

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri

In an interview on Alhurra-Iraq’s Hiwar Khass Iraq, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri stated that Sunni fighters find it difficult to join the Popular Mobilization Forces fight against ISIL to recapture the areas that are under ISIL’s control.  “There are 124,000 fighters in the Popular […]

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Independent Journalist Detained in Cuba

Lobaina

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting has learned that Martí Noticias contributor and coordinator of the independent video production group Palenque Vision Rolando Rodriguez Lobaina was detained overnight and held for several hours by Cuban authorities.  According to the police, Mr. Lobaina did not have his […]

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Kokang Insurgents Declare Unilateral Cease-fire with Burmese Troops

Group of protestors sit together in a group

Radio Free Asia’s Mandarin and Myanmar services have had extensive coverage of the four months of hostilities between Burma’s ethnic Kokang group and Burmese forces. The ethnic group declared a unilateral cease-fire with forces on Thursday in a bid to bring stability to the region […]

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Reps. Poe and McGovern Respond to White House Criticism of Egypt on Alhurra

Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) speaks to Alhurra about the Presidents report on Egypt.

  Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) spoke to Alhurra Television, reacting to the Obama Administration’s report to Congress on Egypt. The report, while harshly criticizing the Egyptian government for its lack of free speech and for undermining democracy, recommended that the U.S. […]

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BBG Employees Recognized for Superior Public Service

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Two Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees have been named as finalists for the 5th Annual NextGen Public Service Awards. Director of Development for Voice of America Joan Mower and Director of Mobile Development in the Office of Digital and Design Innovation (ODDI) were honored […]

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Young Vietnamese Increasingly Turning to the Internet for News

Woman shows researchers the phone she uses on a regular basis.

  WASHINGTON – Vietnamese youth are increasingly turning to online news sources over state TV, according to data issued today by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup. When asked to name the three media outlets that are their most important sources of information, […]

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VOA Reports on Rise and Fall in Turkey

Supporters of the Kurdish-backed HDP party take to the streets of Istanbul to celebrate the news that the HDP will, for first time ever, have seats in parliament.

Washington, D.C.—The Voice of America provided extensive coverage of the parliamentary elections in Turkey over the weekend as the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) won enough votes to give Kurds a voice in Parliament for the first time and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling […]

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“Pakistan has created enough mischief” – Former Afghan President tells VOA

Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, had a reputation for speaking bluntly during the years he was in power.  Now that he is out of office he is even more blunt, as he showed in an interview in Kabul this week with VOA Afghan […]

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‘Until They Are Killed or We Die’ — President of Iraq Talks with VOA

Man, with Iraqi flag behind him, speaking

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2015 — What is the security situation in Iraq? Why have Sunnis joined Islamic State forces? What role does Iran have in the fight against the Islamic State? What is the role of the United States? Should Iraq negotiate with the Islamic […]

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