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.

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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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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

Estado de SATS Producer Rodiles is Released From Cuban Jail

On his Facebook page Antonio Rodiles posted this celebratory picture with friends shortly after his release from a Cuban jail.

Miami — After 19 days in a Cuban jail, Antonio Rodiles, the Cuba-based independent producer of the Emmy-nominated TV Martí program Estado de SATS, is a free man. Charges of “resisting authority” were dropped after the prominent opposition leader paid a nominal fine on Nov. […]

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The BBG Calls for the Release of Bashar Fahmi

Bashar Fahmi, Arzu Fahmi and their two children.

Washington, D.C. – The Broadcasting Board of Governors renewed its call for the release of Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi, last seen in Syria 100 days ago. Fahmi disappeared in Aleppo along with cameraman Cüneyt Ünal, who was released after 90 days in captivity. Fahmi and […]

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Border Crossings Marks Anniversary with Music Legends

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It has been a banner year for Border Crossings host Larry London, who had a chance to sit down with the Jacksons recently to talk about their success, their 2012 tour, and the 2009 death of their brother, pop music legend Michael Jackson. Larry says […]

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VOA Children’s Poetry Program

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A VOA Pashto language children’s poetry program is getting credit for encouraging young people to go to school in the volatile Pakistan-Afghan border region. The Deewa radio program, Jump Jump Camel, is the first such international Pashto broadcast.  It went on the air earlier this […]

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VOA Radio Show Encourages Entrepreneurship in Burundi

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Washington, D.C. – A new VOA radio program about entrepreneurship is attracting a lot of interest in the African nation of Burundi, where people see building a business as a path to success in a country with high unemployment. The weekly Kirundi-language program, Tujahe, provides […]

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BBG Content on Google Currents Mobile Platform in 40 Languages

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[nggallery id=62 template=bbg-carousel] Washington, D.C. — The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is using Google’s new Currents platform to provide enhanced mobile access to text, audio and video content in more than 40 languages. The BBG’s use of Currents will provide users abroad with a richer […]

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The BBG Welcomes the Release of Cüneyt Ünal, Awaits Word on Bashar Fahmi

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[nggallery id=61 template=bbg-carousel] Washington, D.C. – The Broadcasting Board of Governors welcomed the news that the Syrian government released cameraman Cüneyt Ünal today. He and Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi were captured while reporting from Aleppo, Syria 90 days ago. Ünal joined a delegation of Turkish parliamentarians […]

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VOA Reporter Testifies before Lantos Human Rights Commission

VOA Russian Service reporter Fatima Tlisova

WASHINGTON, D.C. — VOA Russian Service reporter Fatima Tlisova says security forces in the Northern Caucasus are acting with impunity and committing widespread human rights abuses. Tlisova, who has long experience reporting on rights issues in the region, testified Thursday as a regional expert before […]

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