BBG Media Highlights - April 22, 2013
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How does China censor the internet? - The Economist, April 21, 2013
The Chinese central government has two main ways of controlling what its citizens see on the web: the Great Firewall, as it is called by foreigners, which is a system of limiting access to foreign websites which started in the late 1990s, and the Golden Shield, a system for domestic surveillance set up in 1998 by the Ministry of Public Security. Separate government departments, along with local and provincial administrations, also have their own monitoring systems. China began by blocking a list of foreign websites, including Voice of America, human-rights organisations and some foreign newspapers.

BBG Proposes Creating New CEO, Editor-in-Chief - USC Center on Public Diplomacy, April 19, 2013
All of U.S. international broadcasting could soon report to a new czar at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, under a plan contained in BBG's budget request for FY 2014. "Included in the budget request is a legislative proposal to establish a Chief Executive Officer for all civilian U.S. international media," is the way the sixth paragraph of the budget request begins. "The proposal will improve the management and efficiency of BBG operations, helping to mitigate the challenges of a part-time board."

Chechen President: "Seek the Roots of This Evil in America" - Slate, April 19, 2013
Thank you, Radio Free Europe, for the most timely Twitter list of recent vintage. They put up a story today on which "authoritarian leaders to follow on social media." Among them: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who keeps up an active life on Twitter and Instagram. He's chosen those forums to share his reaction to the news in Boston.

Voice of America, Radio Free Europe Offer Experts on Marathon Suspects - Broadcasting & Cable, April 19, 2013
After the leading suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing -- one already dead after a shootout -- were determined to have immigrated to the U.S. from the North Caucasus region of Russia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America sent out an email promoting execs there as experts on the region.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were refugees from brutal Chechen conflict - Washington Post, April 19, 2013
Although terrorists from the Caucasus have struck in Moscow and other parts of Russia, the conflict in the region has never led to attacks in other countries. One possible explanation for the Boston bombings, said Aslan Doukaev, an expert on the Caucasus who works for Radio Liberty in Prague, is that the brothers were motivated by radical jihadism, not Chechen separatism.

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect - NPR, April 19, 2013
Radio Liberty, an overseas news service funded by the United States, spoke to Anzor Tsarnaeov, whom they and the AP identified as the suspects' father. According to an English translation by Sergei Sotnikov, a producer at NPR's Moscow bureau, the father said he could not imagine his sons doing such a thing.

Chechens: A Little-Known Global Diaspora Of Refugees - International Business Times, April 19, 2013
Oliver Bullough, Caucasus editor for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London, told Voice of America that Chechen refugees typically live in isolated and insular communities.

U.S. Expert Says N.Korea May Conduct More Nuclear Tests - The Chosun Ilibo, April 22, 2013
North Korea could conduct its fourth nuclear test in weeks or months, said Dr. Siegfried Hecker from Stanford University, the last U.S. expert to visit the Yongbyon uranium enrichment facility, according to Radio Free Asia on Friday.

China quake kills five, affects thousands in Tibetan prefecture - Tibetan Review, April 22, 2013
Meanwhile Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) reported Apr 21 that Chinese authorities had blocked Chinese rights groups and Tibetan monks from participating in rescue efforts. "Many Tibetan monks living in Chengdu [Sichuan's capital] tried to go to the quake zone to support the rescue efforts on Saturday (Apr 20) morning, but they were blocked by the authorities," it quoted Beijing-based Tibet blogger Ms Woeser as saying. "They tried go to Ya'an through other routes, but were also stopped."

Chinese Workers Protest Over Unpaid Wages - Epoch Times, April 21, 2013
Mr. Zhang, who lives near the factory, said that, the demonstrators blocking the road had disappeared by 4 p.m. when he was on his way to work, according to Radio Free Asia. He had heard that around a dozen workers were arrested.

Boko Haram Factional Leader Endorses Amnesty Committee - The Guardian Nigeria, April 20, 2013
The factional leader of the Boko Haram, Mallam Mohammed Marwan, has said that he ordered the recent release of kidnapped French nationals in order to prepare grounds for dialogue with the Federal Government. Marwan, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), said he also issued a directive that security agents should not be attacked unless such operatives unjustly attack Muslims.

Kidnapped French family of seven freed in Cameroon - UPI, April 19, 2013
A statement from the office of Cameroon President Paul Biya said the family, which includes four children, the youngest not yet 5 years old, is safe, Voice of America reported.

Local elections set for Ivory Coast, Gbagbo supporters to sit out - UPI, April 20, 2013
With Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front boycotting Sunday's voting, Voice of America said the races will be among hundreds of candidates from the parties now in the governing coalition -- President Alassane Ouattara's Rally of the Republicans party and the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast, led by former President Henri Konan Bedie.

Burma Business Roundup - Irrawaddy, April 20, 2013
The protesters, who were denied a permit for a mass rally in December, allege that state-owned CNPC and its partners, including Burma's own Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, have not paid them in full the promised compensation for lands expropriated for the project, Radio Free Asia reported.

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Alhurra and Rado Sawa provide extensive coverage of the Iraqi elections- Sot al-Iraq (Iraqi news and information site) April 19, 2013
Sot al-Iraq published an article about Alhurra and Radio Sawa's coverage of the Iraqi elections scheduled for April 20. According to the article, Alhurra and Radio Sawa's team of correspondents are positioned throughout Iraq to provide extensive coverage of the Iraqi elections, the first to be held since the US officially withdrew from the nation in 2011, and a key marker for the beleaguered nation's ability to govern itself and maintain political stability. Alhurra's live coverage is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. (Iraq time) and continue live for 13 hours.

Cruise tours to North Korea are halted - Joongang Ilbo (South Korean news), April 19, 2013
Cruise tours departing from cities of Beijing and Yanji, China, to North Korea are temporarily suspended. "We got an announcement from (the Chinese) government authorities they suspended cruise tours to North Korea and don't know reason why," a representative from Young Pioneer Tours, which specializes in travel to North Korea, told RFA.

NK is known to have informed China of a plan to designate Yanggang province as an economic development zone - Nocut news (South Korea news agency), April 19, 2013
North Korea planned to develop Yanggang province as an economic development zone and is trying to sound China out about joint investment. North Korean officials led Chinese local government officials in a visit to Jilin province to explain the plan and ask them to invest, according to RFA's Korean Service reported on 04/18.

Mainland cops encouraged to draw weapons: report - CDN (Taiwan Central Daily News) April 9, 2013
Radio Free Asia reported that according to the document of Bao'an Songgang in Shenzhen police station, "police can be rewarded up to 100,000 yuan for shooting criminals. The content of the document received many questioning and discussions from the mainland people. Some people worry that loosening the police use of firearms could lead to the misuse of firearms and the pursuit of national stability would be aggravated by the police and the public conflicts. 
Of Interest
Ex-CNN anchor: Twitter is merciless when media lag, ruthless when they're wrong - Quartz, April 22, 2013
For a time, Gabrielle Giffords was dead. So was Newtown, Connecticut, shooter Adam Lanza's father. Or maybe it was his brother in Hoboken, New Jersey. All three, as we now know, are alive. Two of them weren't even shot. On the other hand, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber is, actually, under arrest. Then he wasn't. Then he was. How does the news get it so wrong?

Fears of Russian internet crackdown as investigators search social network HQ - Guardian, April 18, 2013
The internet has flourished as a home to dissenting voices, and is as yet untouched by the Kremlin's heavy hand, which controls most print and television media either directly or though friendly firms like Gazprom. A source inside VKontakte said that pressure against the site began after Durov refused to co-operate with the Federal Security Service (FSB) when Moscow erupted in protest. "A year ago, when the protests started, Durov showed he wasn't ready to close protest pages," the source said. "That's when his problems started." VKontakte said at the time it had denied an FSB request to shut several pages devoted to opposition groups.

Kenya internet users shoots up to 11.6pc - Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, April 19, 2013
Kenya's Information, Communication and Technology sector has recorded a positive growth according to the quarterly statistical report released by the Communications Commission of Kenya. Number of internet users has shot up 11.6% while that of mobile subscribers has grown 1 percent to stand at 30.7 million.

In NPR's New Building, Everything Will Be Better ... Again - NPR, April 13, 2013
Sitting in for Scott Simon on that moving day, Feb. 19, 1994, we broadcast from the studios of Voice of America, because studios in the new building weren't ready. Always ready, wherever there was a microphone, Daniel Schorr was reviewing the week's news. 
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The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 175 million in 100 countries. BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).