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RFA reporter reporting live from Dr. Kem Ley funeral procession on July 24. Government critic, Dr. Kem Ley, was shot dead in Phnom Penh on July 10.

The mission of the Broadcasting Board of Governors is to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. The agency’s mission is reinforced by those of the individual broadcasters that are overseen by the BBG. LEARN MORE »

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2018 World Press Freedom Day with BBG, GWU & CPJ

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day join the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs and the Committee to Protect Journalists for a lunch conversation on challenges and new trends in international media freedom, access to information, and journalist safety.

Last Dance of Kocho

The Last Dance of Kocho is a compelling short film recounting the harrowing experience of ethnic Yazidi families who were attacked by Islamic State militants, leaving scores dead or kidnapped, and families torn apart. The film is unique in that captures the pain and stories of the girls and families through watercolors painted by VOA Kurdish journalist Lukman Ahmad.

Off the Highway – Voters in Middle America

The series was launched by the News Center after the election of President Donald Trump to help illustrate the diversity in the United States by exploring small towns and rural areas and talking to the people who live there. VOA reporters traveled to a stretch of rural counties along the upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. They explained the views of voters in counties that turned from supporting the Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama in previous elections to the Republican Donald Trump in 2016. The series combines beautiful footage with a compassionate listening style. The VOA team spoke with many along the way who felt they were among the “forgotten men and women” that Trump promised to champion.

VOA Mandarin College Road Trip

VOA’s Mandarin Service gave Chinese students a unique window into life at U.S. colleges, through the stories and experiences told by Chinese students themselves. Hitting the road to visit 31 different campuses across the country, VOA journalists reported on higher education opportunities and explained an important part of life in the United States in programming that was very appealing to younger Chinese audiences.

Our networks

Every week, more than 278 million listeners, viewers and internet users around the world turn on, tune in and log onto U.S. international broadcasting programs. The day-to-day broadcasting activities are carried out by the individual BBG international broadcasters.

Voice of America

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 236.8 million people around the world.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

RFE/RL reaches 25.8 million people in 25 languages and in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine.

Office of Cuba Broadcasting

OCB oversees Radio and Television Martí at its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Combined with the online platform,, the Martís are a one-of-a-kind service that brings unbiased, objective information to all Cubans.

Radio Free Asia

RFA journalists provide uncensored, fact-based news to citizens of these countries, among the world’s worst media environments.

Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is the non-profit news organization that operates Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa and MBN Digital reaching audiences in 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa.


“It is the first time here in Cuba that the youth and people in general have seen the differences between the two (major political) parties. To us Cubans, it was all the same because of what they taught us here. Today, we are seeing the differences.”

Felix Llerena, University of Havana studentOn the Martís' coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election