BBG Media Highlights - April 26, 2013
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English rock meets American roots with The Dunwells- The Union, April 25, 2013

Striking an exhilarating blend of English rock and American roots music, The Dunwells bring their unique sound to the Center for the Arts Sunday. From the very first time The Dunwells hit American shores at the 2011 International Folk Alliance conference, their impact has been astounding. "Anyone that's seen them has just been, 'Oh My God!' They're mind boggling!" raved Folk Alliance Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers to Voice of America radio.

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

2 Tibetans Die in Self-Immolations- The New York Times, April 25, 2013  

Two Tibetans died on Wednesday after setting fire to themselves in a Tibetan region of western China to protest Chinese rule, according to reports on Thursday by Tibet advocacy groups and Radio Free Asia, which is financed by the American government. 


Burma to Allow Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid, Aung Min Tells US Audience- The Irrawaddy, April 26, 2013 

A top government official has said Burma will amend its Constitution to allow democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to run in the next presidential election. Aung Min, a minister from the President's Office, reportedly made the statement while visiting the United States to receive a peace award on Monday from the International Crisis Group on behalf of President Thein Sein. He told members of the Burmese community in the United States that Burma's government would amend the much-criticized 2008 Constitution to allow Suu Kyi to become a presidential candidate in 2015, the US-based Radio Free Asia reported in its Burmese edition.

 

India solar market shines- Digitimes, April 26, 2013

Due to lack of sufficient electricity, there are around 400 million people in India that do not have access to any form of electricity, said a report by Voice of America. This is why the country is in desperate need to develop solar installations. To boost the domestic solar industry, the India government plans to set a percentage of India-made solar products in solar installations, said a report by The Wall Street Journal.

 

Swaziland: 'King's Birthday Privately Sponsored'- AllAfrica, April 25, 2013

King Mswati III's US$3.6 million birthday party was privately sponsored and did not cost the Swazi people anything, the government has claimed. Estimates of the costs of the birthday party held on 19 April 2013 vary between E10 million and E33 million (US$3.6 million), but Percy Simelane, the official government spokesperson said this money did not come out of the kingdom's budget for celebrations and national events. He told Voice of America radio, 'The king's birthday was privately sponsored this year, as [was] the case was last year.' He added, 'The budget for this year's celebrations and national events was [$1,027,551]. There is just no way that [$3 million] could come from [$1,027,551].' He did not say who sponsored the event.

Of Interest

Teaching the Limits of Media Freedom Is Tricky in the Gulf - New York Times, April 21, 2013

When Matt J. Duffy first got a job teaching journalism at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi in 2010, he was thrilled. Besides teaching courses in storytelling, journalistic ethics, and media regulation at Zayed, Dr. Duffy, an enthusiastic blogger, became a frequent contributor to Gulf News, a Dubai newspaper. He also was chairman of a conference on the role of the media in the Arab Spring, started a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and organized campus celebrations of World Press Freedom Day last May. Three months later, he was expelled from the United Arab Emirates without any explanation.

 

North Korea embraces 3G service - BBC, April 25, 2013

Almost two million North Koreans now use the country's only 3G network, reports a blog dedicated to technology news in North Korea. The figure has been confirmed by 3G provider Koryolink, a partnership between Egyptian telecoms firm Orascom and the North Korean government. The service can only be used to make voice calls, and all international calls are banned.

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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).