As voters went to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, the media networks within the Broadcasting Board of Governors showcased democracy in action and engaged global audiences with the democratic process. The Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Radio Free Asia connected audiences in 61 languages in over 100 countries to the electoral process with live coverage, analysis, and interactives.
Radio Free Asia’s Cantonese and Mandarin services have been closely covering the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong and providing accurate and unbiased news about the developments to audiences in mainland China. The thousands of students and concerned Hong Kong citizens are expressing discontent with Beijing over its decision to vet candidates for Hong Kong’s public executive leadership. The demonstrations come amid tighter restrictions on press freedoms in the former British territory, which was handed over to China under a one-country, two-systems agreement in 1997.