BBG Media Highlights - June 18, 2013
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Portrait artist and painter Marie Gabánková - Radio Prague, June 16, 2013
"Of course, at that age - fifteen, sixteen, seventeen - we were writing poetry and secretly listening to Radio Free Europe, or the BBC or Radio Luxembourg, and listening to all the songs and everything that was happening at that time in the 60s. This helped us keep in touch with another world that we could only imagine."

Iran elects centrist to replace contentious Ahmadinejad - Kansas City Star, June 17, 2013
A question was raised during the campaign about his academic credentials, for his website had stated that he'd received his Ph.D. degree from Glasgow University. A Persian specialist at Radio Free Europe's Persian service checked with the university to makes sure he'd graduated there, and the university had no record. Subsequently, Rowhani's institute changed the listing on the web site to the Glasgow Caledonian University, a less prestigious institution in Glasgow.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Iran's Resilient Voters - US News & World Report, June 17, 2013
Voters who elected Rowhani were under no illusions. "Bad and worse" was the choice Iranian voters faced, according to Golnaz Esfandiari of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Rowhani won, in part, due to perceptions of his desire to reduce Iran's isolation over the nuclear issue and, therefore, the economic damage from international sanctions. During the campaign, Rowhani also appeared to support the release of political prisoners and to distance himself from religious "extremism."

NASA's Eight New Astronauts Include Four Women, Highest Percentage Of Women Candidates Ever Selected - International Business Times, June 18, 2013
On the high percentage of women candidates ever selected for a class, NASA's Janet Kavandi, a veteran astronaut and the director of Flight Crew Operations told Voice of America: "That was not by choice or by determination. We never determine how many people of each gender we're going to take, but these were the most qualified people of the ones that we interviewed. They earned every bit of the right to be there."

Reformist Hasan Rowhani said to win Iranian presidency in surprisingly heavy voting - Charlotte Observer, June 17, 2013
As he cast his ballot Friday, Supreme Leader Khamenei rejected U.S. criticism of the election as not being democratic. U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman had said last week in an interview with Radio Free Europe that the election "is not, by international standards, free, fair or credible." She noted that the decision on who could run was made by the Guardians Council, which reports to Khamenei.

China Demands Explanation of U.S. Internet Surveillance Of Chinese Citizens - International Business Times, June 17, 2013
On Sunday, hundreds of people took part in a rally in Hong Kong in support of Snowden and his actions, Voice of America reported.

Sagaing Division Police Arrested on Drug Smuggling Allegations - Irrawaddy, June 18, 2013
Radio Free Asia reported on Monday that Tamu Township Police Chief Hla Win and Kalay District Deputy Police Chief Naing Zaw Htun had been put under arrest. "We heard that other policemen from those offices were also under questioning, but we cannot give concrete information as this is a special mission by a team and we do not receive any details yet," said the officer, who declined to be named as she was unauthorized to speak to the media.

Burma's Muslims bear brunt of prosecutions a year after riots - Asian Correspondent, June 18, 2013
The violent, deadly riots were largely targeted at Muslims, with Buddhist monks stirring anti-Muslim sentiment. However, Buddhists have up this point seen less harsh punishment than Muslims. Voice of America reported on May 21 that no Buddhists had been convicted in connection with the riots up to that point.

Armenia against opening of Russia's migration service offices in the country: Premier - Arka News Agency, June 18, 2013
Yerevan is against opening offices of Russia's migration service in Armenia and implementation of the Russian "Compatriots" program in Armenia, Armenian service of Radio Liberty reported referring to the interview of the premier.

Bosnian protestors mourn death of baby Berina - Transitions Online, June 17, 2013
On 6 June, protesters in Sarajevo formed a chain around the parliament building, trapping more than 1,500 lawmakers, staff members, and visitors. The "baby-lution," Radio Free Europe writes, has united Bosnia's ethnic Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks in demanding that their elected representatives work together to govern their country more effectively.
Of Interest
The Journalist Diplomat - New York Mag, June 15, 2013
After it was announced earlier this year that Samantha Power was leaving President Obama's National Security Council, I e-mailed her to ask if she would grant an exit interview. Within the half-hour, she sent her regrets. "I think I'm going to have to pass at this stage, not least because-after getting reacquainted with my children-I may return to the administration, though haven't made any decisions at this point," Power wrote. "Sorry not to be more availing. As a former journalist, I know I should be the type you can count on."

Russian media to popularize China - Russia Beyond the Headlines, June 18, 2013
The project "Hello, China" launched by leading Russian mass media, such as the TV channel "My Planet" (VGTRK) and the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" newspaper, will present a series of articles about China for the Russian audience within 100 days. The project is carried out within the framework of the Year of Chinese Tourism in Russia, started in 2013 in response to the Year of Russian tourism in China held in 2012.

Turkish government mulls restrictions on social media - France 24, June 18, 2013
Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer Güler confirmed Monday that police and government are looking into the use of social media as a tool to organise the Gezi Park demonstrations that have swept the country for nearly three weeks. The Turkish government on Monday launched a study on restricting social media, a move inspired by the Gezi Park protests that have spread across the country. 
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