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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

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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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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

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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

New RFE/RL Fellowships Support Independent, Investigative Journalism

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic–December 23, 2015)  RFE/RL has welcomed the 2015-2016 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellows to its Prague offices for an eight-month program of professional development aimed at supporting independent journalists in countries lacking a free press. This year’s Havel Fellows are: Knar Khudoyan, Armenia; Zaur Gurbanli, […]

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“Airport Donetsk” Wins Prestigious Russian Documentary Film Prize

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(PRAGUE, Czech Republic – December 18, 2015)  An unflinching portrait of one of the epic battles in the war between Russia and Ukraine has been named the Best Non-Fiction Short TV Film in Russia’s prestigiousArtDocFest film festival, and brought new recognition to Current Time’s intrepid journalistic […]

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One Year After Ismayilova Arrest, Bill Proposes Sanctions on Azerbaijan

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(WASHINGTON – December 17, 2015) One year since Azeri authorities raided and shut RFE/RL’s Baku bureau and imprisoned prominent contributor Khadija Ismayilova, U.S. Representative Chris Smith has introduced a landmark bill denying U.S. visas to senior members of Azerbaijan’s government. The December 16 announcement came as Rep. Smith […]

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa Bring the Saudi Municipal Elections to Audiences Across the Middle East

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Alhurra and Radio Sawa provided thorough coverage of the Saudi municipal elections on Dec. 12, 2015.  These were the Kingdom’s first ever nationwide elections in which women were able to stand for office and vote. There were 978 female candidates and 5,938 male candidates vying for […]

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VOA Hausa Service Journalist Receives Burke Award

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WASHINGTON D.C., December 16, 2015 — Voice of America reporter Ibrahim Ahmed is among the recipients of the 2015 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award, announced December 16 in Washington. The awards honor the courage, integrity and professionalism of individuals in reporting the news on U.S. government international media. Ahmed, […]

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Board to Meet to Examine its Activities in Asia

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WASHINGTON – The Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. In addition to board business, the Board will receive an in-depth review of the operations and activities of Radio Free Asia in the past year. […]

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Maria González to Head Office of Cuba Broadcasting

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MIAMI – The Broadcasting Board of Governors today announced that Maria “Malule” González will take over as Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, responsible for the strategic planning and direction of TV Martí, Radio Martí and Martinoticias.com, which are collectively known as the Martís. […]

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New Amharic Youth Program Debuts on VOA

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Monday, December 7, the Voice of America will launch Gabina VOA, a new Amharic-language infotainment youth radio show for the Horn of Africa region. During the first broadcast, hosts Henok Fente and Mestawet Aragaw will profile two young entrepreneurs who founded an Ethiopian e-commerce startup; […]

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One Year On, Imprisoned Azeri Journalist Remains Defiant, Inspires New Work

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(WASHINGTON — December 4, 2015)  On December 5, prominent journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova will mark her first year in prison on charges that are widely regarded as retribution by Azeri authorities for her reporting exposing corruption among the country’s leadership. RFE/RL has announced that it will launch […]

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