BBG Media Highlights - May 22, 2013
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South Sudan: "Report Fairly on Africa", Ssali Urges Foreign Journalists - All Africa, May 21, 2013
Dr. Shaka Ssali, a famous host of Voice of America's "Straight Talk Africa" has urged foreign journalists to report fairly on Africa. In a meeting with the minister of Information Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin in Juba today, Dr. Ssali said all news emanating from Africa is skewed to continue what he said is "furthering neo-colonization mentality".

UofL's Eugenia Wang awarded Alltech Medal of Excellence 2013 for studies on role of microRNA - Lane Report, May 21, 2013
Wang decided to become a scientist when she was a 12-year-old girl living with her family in Taiwan. In order to free her mother from the long hours of cooking every day, she was desperate to create what she called breakfast, lunch and supper pills, similar to what NASA astronauts were using to feed themselves in the space. After finishing high school in Taipei, Wang wanted to study physics, but she got assigned to entomology, a field she had never considered, at National Taiwan University. She was dreaming about immigrating to the United States and, for that, she started learning English by listening to the Voice of America radio news and memorizing the English words from a dictionary.

Author Douglas Smith enchanted as he discussed 'Former People' at The Adolphus - Examiner, May 21, 2013
Smith shared with the audience that he had initially attended college to learn German but was informed he needed to learn a second language as well. On a whim, he opted for Russian and said that as soon as he first cracked open the book he was hooked on all things related to Russia. That whim has served Smith well as he had a successful career with the State Department, served as an interpreter for President Reagan, and worked with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty in Munich.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Eritreans in Canada say consul still demands cash from them - CBC News, May 22, 2013
In the past, Eritrean Consul Semere Ghebremariam Micael denied there's opposition to the tax and said as much on the radio network Voice of America (VOA) on Sept. 27, 2012, just days after Canada told him to get out of the business or lose his accreditation. "I don't have much doubt that this is going to be an obstacle to the people ... the public is still doing it, saying about this matter.... 'It is our right to pay.' We don't have any problems with our community," he said.

UNFPA provides medical aid to N. Korean mothers: RFA - Arirang News, May 22, 2013
The United Nations Population Fund reportedly provided 500-thousand U.S. dollars worth of medical aid last month to support North Korean mothers. Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday that the UN agency provided medical supplies and maternity products to some 3-hundred health facilities in the impoverished nation.

80-year-old Japanese adventurer bids to become world's oldest person to climb Mt Everest - Daily Mail, May 21, 2013
His daughter, Emili, told Voice of America: 'No mankind ever lived that long, that old, and he's so curious to know how it would be like. 'He would like to know what is the limit, what is the possibility, potential of humankind.'

iPhone App That Can Diagnose Deadly Form of Heart Attack - International Digital Times, May 22, 2013
The app was developed by David Burt and his students at the University of Virginia according to the Voice of America. David Burt said that the app will surely improve a patient's chances of survival.

Clashes in Congo continue as U.N. chief prepares to visit - UPI, May 21, 2013
Fighting between the Congolese Army and the rebel group M23 was again centered near Mutaho, 12 kilometers (7 miles) north of the city of Goma, Voice of America reported.

Law 'Threatens Future' of Russian Pollster - Daily Research News Online, May 21, 2013
Gudkov says foreign funding accounts for between 1.5% and 3% of the centre's budget each year, and told the Russian Service of Radio Free Europe ( ) that under the new widened interpretation of the NGO law, 'any of our partnerships - even if we work with an organization represented here in Russia but which potentially has a foreign source of financing' could put the centre itself into the category of 'foreign agent'.

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Police assaults and detains Alhurra's correspondent in Nasiriyah (Iraq) - Nasiriyah News, May 19, 2013
Dhi Qar Governorate police assaulted Alhurra's correspondent in Nasiriyah Ahmad Assaeidi and detained him for more than two hours unlawfully. Assaeidi told Nasiriyah News Network that the police prevented him from doing his job as he was preparing to interview Iraqi citizens next to the Dhi Qar Governorate building. When he asked the officers why are you preventing me from doing my job, one of the officers cursed and shoved him. Then they confiscated his camera and detained the reporter and his crew. The police released Alhurra crew two hours later without any explanation or apology.

N.K. Experts say missiles were fired for the weapons test - Nocut News, May 21, 2013
North Korea experts in the U.S. and Europe speculated on the rationale behind North Korea launching short-range missiles. They say it is for weapons development rather than Pyongyang's intention of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, according to RFA's Korean Service.

Local markets in NK are suffering from the spread of fake Chinese Yuan - Nocut News, May 21, 2013
Counterfeit bills of Chinese Yuan have been quickly spreading in North Korea's markets. "I copy all the bills of 100 Chinese Yuan I receive from a North Korean trader and then ask the messenger to sign," a resident of Sinuiju who visited China told RFA's Korean service on May 20.

Uzbeki national arrested on terror charges - Elaph, May 19, 2013
Federal authorities in Idaho said they have arrested an Uzbekistan national accused of conspiring with a designated terrorist organization in his home country and helping scheme to use a weapon of mass destruction.  The Idaho grand jury's indictment charged Fadluddin Kurbanov with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The indictment also alleged he possessed an unregistered explosive device, Radio Sawa reported.

Egypt threatens to release kidnapped soldiers by military campaign - Madaba News, May 20, 2013
Madaba News cited Radio Sawa for its interview with the head of the Arab tribes in Sinai, Ali Freij Rashid, regarding the abduction of seven members of the Egyptian security forces last week.  Mr. Rashid stated that the possible military operation to release the seven kidnapped soldiers might lead to chaos.

UNSC NK Sanction Committee to strengthen the sanctions against NK in mid-June - Nocut News, May 19, 2013
The U.N. panel overseeing the body's sanctions announced it may add more sanctions to the list against Pyongyang in mid-June. "Evaluations that explain how members have implemented sanctions on North Korea has been reported to the U.N. Security Council and UNSC is reviewing a list of extra sanctions," U.N. spokesperson Jacques Flies told RFA's Korean Service.
Of Interest
At The Miami Herald, tweeting's about breaking news in the a.m. and conversation in the p.m. - Nieman Journalism Lab, May 21, 2013
Have you ever tried tweeting at a major news organization? How often have they responded or retweeted? Probably not often - and that corresponds to the findings offered by a GW/Pew study of 13 major news organizations which found "limited use of the institution's public Twitter identity, one that generally takes less advantage of the interactive and reportorial nature of the Twitter."

A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe - Washington Post, May 19, 2013
When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material. They used security badge access records to track the reporter's comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter's personal e-mails.

Russia's new 'Public TV' channel has a Soviet feel - Russia Beyond the Headlines, May 20, 2013
Across the political spectrum, commentators agree that many of the Russian government's initiatives over the past 18 months are the result, directly or indirectly, of mass anti-government protests that began in December 2011. While protesters demanded more liberalism and government accountability, what's happening now is more akin to a crackdown on opposition activity, while the government's reforms are aligning the country more closely with the Soviet past. Public TV is one fresh example of this trend.

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