BBG Media Highlights - April 2, 2013
About Our Broadcasters
RFA hits back at 'threats' - The Phnom Penh Post, April 1, 2013
A day after senior government officials blasted US-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia over a report they labelled untrue and a threat to national security, the station shot back, calling it an attack aimed at bullying reporters "into self-censorship".

Follow These 10 Twitter Accounts for North Korea News - Mashable, March 29, 2013
Herman is the Seoul bureau chief for Voice of America. After being based in Japan for many years, he now covers the Korean Peninsula for the the federally-funded broadcast channel. Herman is a prolific Twitter user, with more than 20,000 tweets recorded, and he's a great source for constant updates coming out of North and South Korea

RFA Tibetan Service's new head well received - Tibetan Review, April 1, 2013
Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, a person with life-long and varied experiences of working for Tibet both within the confines of the exile administration and in the wider outside world is the new Tibetan Service director at Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Activities Of President Koroma While In USA - Cocorioko, April 2, 2013
At 5:00 President Koroma was also interviewed by Voice of America Television crew "Day Break Africa", "One on one" and "in focus" hosted by Anchor - Sheka Ssali and produced by Deirdre Murray-Mcintosh, Senior Television Producer, Voice of America TV, Africa Division.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
China Frees Tibetan Activist After 17 Years in Prison - New York Times, April 2, 2013
The activist, Jigme Gyatso, 52, who returned to his hometown in China's northwest Gansu Province on Monday, was said to be extremely frail after years of torture and poor medical care, according to Radio Free Asia and the exiled Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India.
Also cited by AP, BBC

Questions for an Expert on North Korean Propaganda - New York Times, March 29, 2013
In a further illustration of how North Korea's bellicose rhetoric to the outside world can be hard to parse, Steve Herman, the Voice of America Northeast Asia bureau chief, reports that the nation's apparently dramatic declaration of "war" was "not even mentioned" in a domestic news broadcast Saturday.

83 buried in a Tibet landslide - AFP, March 30, 2013
But mining developments can lead to accusations of exploitation. In 2010, at least four Tibetans may have been killed and 30 others hurt when Chinese police fired on crowds protesting the expansion of mine operations blamed for environmental damage, US-based Radio Free Asia reported.

North Korea's rich 'terrified' of war: reports - Korea Herald, April 1, 2013
As North Korea ratchets up belligerent rhetoric against the South Korean government, many of North's wealthy class seem terrified over the possibilities of war against the United States, Radio Free Asia reported Friday.

Tibetan Self-Immolation Toll Reaches 114 - China Digital Times, March 29, 2013
The ongoing wave of fiery protest has prompted a controversial crackdown - authorities have been detaining those accused of "inciting innocent people to commit self-immolation," and enhancing surveillance in Tibetan areas under Chinese rule. Radio Free Asia reports on an official document identifying prohibited behavior that has been circulating the Tibetan Autonomous Region and Qinghai province.

Batkivschyna to expel those disagreeing with nomination of single candidate for Kyiv mayor, says MP Turchynov - Interfax, March 25, 2013
"No one is banned from proposing their candidacy for the mayor. We are a democratic organization, a democratic party and the united opposition is building its policy on democratic foundations. Any MP, and not only MPs, but members of the party can be nominated," Turchynov said in an interview with Radio Liberty.

Pakistani Ulema chief once again urge Afghanistan to apologize - Khaama Press, March 31, 2013
While speaking during an exclusive joint debate hosted by Radio Free Europe and Radio Mashaal, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi denied endorsing suicide bombing in Afghanistan. He said, "I have not mentioned about suicide attack. It is a propaganda against me and against my country. I will not sit-in for peace conference unless the Afghan government does not apologize from me."

Climate change to affect Mekong production - UPI, April 1, 2013
"By blocking the transport of sediment, the dams will contribute to even greater erosion in the fertile Mekong Delta, which is already threatened by increasing saltwater intrusion as a result of rising sea levels," Aviva Imhof, the group's campaigns director told Voice of America.

In the foreign-language press:

NK has lost 126,000 ha (size of Pyongyang) forest area last year. - Joongang Ilbo (South Korean news), April 1, 2013
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization announced on Mar 29 that North Korea is losing its forest annually, as RFA's report quoting the group's report. In 1990, North Korea forest area was 820,000 ha, in 2012, they have only 541,000 ha area which is almost one-third smaller than before.

NK residents are very anxious about a possible nuclear (South Korean news), April 1, 2013
As North Korea government is raising the threat of nuclear war with U.S., fear is spreading among Pyongyang citizens. Many are panicking and buying U.S. dollars, as RFA's Korean service reported on Friday.

Dalai Lama and Friends Inciting Self-immolation Disgusts the Public in Tibetan Area
 - Gan Su (Mainland China State-Controlled Online News) April 1, 2013

Since November last year, whenever a self-immolation incident occurs, Radio Free Asia and other foreign media often receive the first onsite videos and images of the incident immediately.


US army says troop withdrawal from Afghanistan to cost USD 6 billion- al-Ahram (Egyptian daily newspaper) April 1, 2013

Ahram cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from the commanding general of 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Brigadier General Steven Shapiro, regarding the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.  "The retrograde from Afghanistan is one of the most challenging military transportation operations in history in terms of scale and complexity," Shapiro said.

Also cited in Yahoo Maktoob and Ana Yamani,


FSA accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of controlling the opposition- Elkhabar (Algerian news and information site) April 1, 2013

Elkhabar cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Bayanouni, regarding the Free Syrian Army's accusations that the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for the fragmentation of the Syrian opposition. The FSA also warned, with growing concern at efforts by the group to control military and humanitarian relief efforts administered by the Syrian National Coalition. Bayanouni dismissed the statement.  "All of these attempts are meant to deform the Muslim Brotherhood," he added.

Of Interest
Repression in Russia, in Black and White - International Herald Tribune, April 1, 2013
Throughout the last week and a half, authorities all over Russia have been conducting raids on nonprofit groups.There have been at least a hundred raids, and hundreds more are expected. The raids usually involved the prosecutor's office and the tax police, but some organizations have also been visited by the fire marshal, health inspectors and even the Emergencies Ministry. The authorities have demanded financial documentation but also sifted through the trash and taken apart air-conditioners. [by Masha Gessen, director of Radio Liberty's Russian Service]

Permission to Spy: An Analysis of Android Malware Targeting Tibetans - Citizen Lab, April 1, 2013
A compromised version of Kakao Talk, an Android-based mobile messaging client, was sent in a highly-targeted email to a prominent individual in the Tibetan community. This email message repurposed a legitimate private email message sent by an information security expert in the Tibetan community to a member of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile. This malware is designed to send a user's contacts, SMS message history, and cellular network location to attackers.

The Meme Hustler - The Baffler, April 1, 2013
While the brightest minds of Silicon Valley are "disrupting" whatever industry is too crippled to fend off their advances, something odd is happening to our language. Old, trusted words no longer mean what they used to mean; often, they don't mean anything at all. Our language, much like everything these days, has been hacked. Fuzzy, contentious, and complex ideas have been stripped of their subversive connotations and replaced by cleaner, shinier, and emptier alternatives; long-running debates about politics, rights, and freedoms have been recast in the seemingly natural language of economics, innovation, and efficiency. Complexity, as it turns out, is not particularly viral. This is not to deny that many of our latest gadgets and apps are fantastic. But to fixate on technological innovation alone is to miss the more subtle-and more consequential-ways in which a clique of techno-entrepreneurs has hijacked our language and, with it, our reason.

Chinese Editor Suspended for Article on North Korea - New York Times, April 1, 2013
A well-known editor of an influential Communist Party journal said Monday that he had been suspended after writing an article for a British newspaper saying that China should abandon its ally North Korea.
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