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

BBG Reflects on World Radio Day

Buddhist monks, some of who escape from the security forces crack down, listen to radio news cast from a monastery in Monywa, northwestern Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 (AP)

Today is World Radio, and BBG would like to celebrate our radio broadcasters as they work to provide news and information to those who need it most. In 2012, our broadcasters produced thousands of hours of radio programming to 96 million people around the globe, […]

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Japan Defense Minister Tells VOA N. Korea Nuke Test a ‘Big Threat’

VOA speaks with Japan's Defense Minister

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Korea’s latest nuclear test is “a big threat, not only to Japan, but also to the East Asia region as a whole,” according to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, in an interview with Voice of America’s Steve Herman. Herman landed an […]

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BBG Gets FM Nod in Chad; New Reach in Bolivia, South Sudan, Serbia

BBG Strategy

From the BBG Strategy Blog:  The BBG has been awarded a license for a 24/7 FM in Chad, and VOA adds new affiliates on FM in Bolivia, on radio and TV in South Sudan, and on cable in Serbia… BBG Obtains License for FM in […]

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Iran, Cuba, Syria and Egypt Among Target Audiences for State of the Union Address Global Broadcast

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican response by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio tomorrow night will be simulcast  around the globe via BBG broadcasters, bringing news of this fundamental element of U.S. democracy to key audiences in Iran, […]

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VOA Airs Banned Film “Rhino Season” in Iran

Screen shots from banned film "Rhino Season"

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The award winning film, Rhino Season, by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, airs on the Voice of America’s Persian Service today, after the filmmaker granted exclusive rights to broadcast the movie into Iran. The film, which has been banned by the Iranian government, […]

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VOA Rejects Chinese Allegations on Tibet Self-Immolations

Screen shots of VOA China Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voice of America Director David Ensor has categorically denied allegations contained in a Chinese state television report, which blames VOA broadcasts for encouraging self-immolations in Tibet. “That is totally false,” Ensor said at the VOA headquarters in Washington Wednesday. “We do report […]

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Guests Join Avanza Cuba via Skype from Havana

Avanza Cuba

MIAMI- In a first for U.S. government-sponsored civilian broadcasting to Cuba, Radio and TV Martí, has just aired a new edition of Avanza Cuba (Cuba Forward) featuring guests live via Skype from Havana, Cuba. Produced in collaboration with Miami Dade College, the episode, titled “Tu […]

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Somali Youth Speak Out on New VOA Show

Close up of control board and papers for new Somali show on VOA

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Young people across Somalia can now discuss issues that matter the most to them on an interactive VOA radio program that focuses exclusively on youth-related subjects and ways to empower one of the largest segments of the Somali population.It’s Your Call, an hour-long […]

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Representatives from Qatari Media Tour BBG

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Thani, Director of Development of the Qatar Media Corporation meets IBB Director Dick Lobo

The Broadcasting Board of Governors today welcomed visitors from Qatar as a part of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani, the Director of Development of the Qatar Media Corporation, and Yousef AlShrouf, a media advisor from the […]

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Radio Marti Covers New Cuban Migration Reform

A woman holds up a Cuban passport in a regional immigration office in Havana (Cuba).

After months of waiting, Cuba’s new migration law took effect last month, and Radio Marti was there to cover the public’s reaction. On January 15, 2013 over three hundred people came to the Interests Section of the United States in Havana to be interviewed as […]

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