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World Press Freedom Day: A conversation with BBG & GWU

On May 1, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and GW’s School of Media & Public Affairs hosted a conversation about the importance of the role of U.S. international journalists, defending press freedom, and journalist safety.

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Introduction and keynote remarks

After welcome remarks and an introduction by host Frank Sesno (GW School of Media & Public Affairs), Ambassador D. Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs, underscores the belief that an informed world is a safer world.


Creating a Two-Way Conversation: MBN’s Raise Your Voice

Middle East Broadcasting Network (MBN) editors Nada Alwadi & Omar Fekeiki highlight “Raise Your Voice” as a platform for exposing ISIL’s true nature and maintaining an ongoing conversation with their audience.

VOA Hausa Service presents: A Rare Glimpse Into Boko Haram

Maryam Bugaje from Voice of America’s Hausa Service speaks about the process behind the exclusive video report on Boko Haram.



Deconstructing International Media—Value, Impact & Evolution

Moderator Frank Sesno (GW School of Media & Public Affairs) talks with BBG CEO & Director John F. Lansing, NPR Senior VP of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes, and CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott about the weaponization of information and establishing trust and credibility in international reporting.

Challenges, Opportunities & Creative Solutions in International Reporting

CEO Lansing moderates a discussion with The Guardian’s David Smith, and journalists and executives from the BBG networks about the risks and opportunities they encounter when gathering news on an international stage.


Our fallen journalists

Watch and share BBG’s video tribute to our fallen and threatened journalists—use #BBGWPFD and #WPFD2017.