BBG Media Highlights - June 24, 2013
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New tools to help Cubans access TV, Radio Marti - AP, June 21, 2013
The Office of Cuban Broadcasting is debuting two new tools to help Cubans get around Internet censorship and access the agency's programs. The U.S. government-produced TV and Radio Marti broadcasts will soon be available on disposable USB flash drives made out of paper. The agency has also developed a text messaging service that allows people to share information through their cell phones.

RFE/RL Reports Signal Interference in Central Asia - Radio World, June 21, 2013
RFE/RL says the documented pattern of disruption to its satellite news service could indicate a new level of deliberate interference, a practice known as "jamming." The practice is a violation of international telecommunications regulations.

Senate on Glide Path to Passing Immigration - Reform Bill - National Journal, June 23, 2013
A hearing Wednesday led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., on reforming the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The BBG oversees the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Radio and TV Marti, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks.

After Exile, an Artist Sees Burma's New Colors - Irrawaddy, June 22, 2013
Win Pe spent 18 years in exile under the former military regime. He was forbidden from returning due to his outspoken criticism of the junta while participating in an international writing program at the University of Iowa in 1994. Before that, he had risen to prominence in Burma not only as an artist, but also as a scriptwriter, director and novelist. But in the United States, struggling to earn a living in those fields, he took a job as a journalist with Washington-based Radio Free Asia and later became a senior editor for the broadcaster's Burmese section.

Women health stakeholders to meet in Dodoma next week - Daily News, June 22, 2013
According to Ms. Rosemary Mwakitwange who is the Executive Chair of the East African Business and Media Training Institute (EABMTI) which is organizing the event, the Dodoma Regional Commissioner Dr. Rehema Nchimbi will officiate at the occasion. She among other invited personalities will be a number of panelists to share their experience. One of them being Mr. Sunday Shomary, a renowned Tanzania Radio Broadcaster currently working for the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington DC.
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
In Qatar, U.S.-Taliban talks remain on the line - Washington Post, June 22, 2013
U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomatic matters, were encouraged when Taliban spokesman Shaheed Suhail, in Doha, told Radio Free Europe and later the Associated Press on Saturday that the insurgents were untroubled by the Islamic Emirate flap.

Leading Russian NGO forcibly evicted from Moscow office as part of ongoing Kremlin crackdown - Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2013
Lev Ponomaryov, who heads the For Human Rights group, said in an interview on Radio Liberty on Saturday that he was beaten on the head and kidneys during the early morning raid.
Also cited on Fox News.

Military Part Of Revising Asia Pivot, New Diplomat Says - Forbes, June 22, 2013
Senior U.S. officials have tried to reassure the Chinese that the pivot is not aimed at encircling them. The conservative Hudson Institute's Michael Pillsbury, a Pentagon consultant, told the Voice of America that, "In eight major speeches now, every one says this is not aimed at China, this is not about China. The only problem is, in ancient Chinese statecraft, they see this as the hegemon trying to reassure the rising power, but 'we Chinese are not so stupid as to believe this' - but I think they should believe it," he said.

Philippine government destroys 5 tons of confiscated elephant tusks - Examiner, June 21, 2013
The Philippine government destroyed more than 5 tons of smuggled elephant tusks worth an estimated US $10 million today in the biggest known destruction of trafficked ivory outside of Africa reported Voice of America on June 21.

Nine killed in attacks in north Iraq - UPI, June 22, 2013
At least nine people were killed in a series of bombings and gun battles in northern Iraq Saturday, Iraqi officials said. Although no groups claimed responsibility for the incidents, they were likely connected to a surge of sectarian violence that has hit Iraq in recent weeks, Voice of America said.

Violence against women has reached 'epidemic proportions,' WHO reports says - National Monitor, June 21, 2013
In an interview with Voice of America, Garcia-Moreno of WHO, said we need to prevent violence from happening in the first place.  "We know that children who are abused or who are exposed to their parents abusing each other are more likely to end up in an abusive relationship either as perpetrator or as victim," she said.

Woeser Under House Arrest Once Again - China Digital Times, June 20, 2013
Woeser and Wang Lixiong were both prominently featured in Voice of America's recent "Fire in the Land of Snow" report. Since the 2008 Tibetan uprising and in the midst of an ongoing wave of Tibetans protesting Beijing's policies by self-immolation, Tibetan areas of China have been largely inaccessible by foreign journalists. After France 24 journalist Cyril Payen made it to Lhasa to file a secretly-filmed exclusive in May, he reported that he had received threats from Chinese diplomats.

Burma Government and Karenni rebels reach an 8-point agreement - Asian Correspondent, June 21, 2013
KNPP joint-secretary Shwe Myo Thant said the latest round of talks had yielded some positive results, including plans for a 10-member peace monitoring committee, according to Radio Free Asia Myanmar Service. "We had good, positive progress in discussions about military affairs, and we also agreed to discuss what we need to do in further talks," he told RFA's Myanmar Service after the meeting.

U.S. Filed charges Against Edward Snowden, Hong Kong Remains Silent On The Extradition - InSerbia News, June 22, 2013
Federal prosecutors have filed charges of espionage against the whistleblower Edward Showden, currently hiding in Hong Kong, reported Voice of America.

U.S. stance on Taiwan unchanged despite Xi-Obama summit: envoy - Focus Taiwan News Channel, June 24, 2013
King Pu-tsung said during a June 20 interview with Voice of America that Taiwan maintained good communication with the U.S. both before and after the two-day informal summit in California.

Nik Wallenda Successfully Crossed The Grand Canyon - InSerbia News, June 24, 2013
Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire" has successfully walked across a section of the Grand Canyon on a 5 cm steel cable. He finished the stung about 450m above the ground in just under 23 minutes, reported Voice of America.

Blogger Woeser detained as foreign journalists taken on Tibet junket - Tibetan Review, June 22, 2013
China has again put under house arrest Beijing-based poet and Tibet blogger Tsering Woeser, with her husband Wang Lixiong, as it guided a group of foreign journalist on a tightly scripted and officially sponsored tour of Tibet to ensure a positive media coverage of the situation there, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) Jun 20.

China's Red Star flags replace prayer flags in Chamdo, Tibet - Tibetan Review, June 24, 2013
Under China's massive ongoing three-year campaign of ensuring loyalty to the Communist Party of China and of isolating and persecuting those opposed to its rule, all homes and monasteries in Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu) Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region  (TAR) have been forced to fly the Chinese national flag and display an official portrait depicting the five top leaders of the five generations of Chinese leaders thus far, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) Jun 21, citing Beijing-based poet and Tibet blogger Ms Woeser.

German foreign minister urges Ukrainian opposition to decide on single presidential candidate as soon as possible, says UDAR party leader - Interfax Ukraine, June 22, 2013
"We talked about the actions of the opposition, and Mr. Westerwelle made a very important request to unite efforts. He urged to work together not only in parliament, but to put forward a single candidate in the 2015 presidential election," Klitschko told the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty about the meeting with the German foreign minister in Kyiv.

In the foreign-language press:

Obama to lay out national plan on climate change - Murasel (pan-Arab news and information site) June 23, 2013
Murasel cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from President Barack Obama regarding his plan to combat climate change. "This Tuesday, I'll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go: a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it," Obama said.

UNESCO lists 6 Syrian heritage sites as endangered - Almogaz (Egyptian news and information site) June 22, 2013
UNESCO added six ancient sites in Syria to the endangered world heritage list.  The sites are the ancient cities of Damascus, Bosra and Aleppo, the oasis ruins of Palmyra, Crac des Chevaliers, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world and Saladine castle, Radio Sawa reported.
Of Interest
Media Freedom Hard to Capture - Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2013
Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists world-wide, according to several media advocacy groups. But when it comes to overall restricting of media freedom, the country's government may be far from the worst offender. [...] A country that has many journalists in jail is a country with many journalists who were producing coverage the government didn't like. "There are cases such as North Korea, which doesn't appear on the CPJ list but has by most measures the most oppressive press-freedom environment in the world," said Jennifer Dunham, senior research analyst at Freedom House in New York. "There are simply no journalists to put in prison."

Tunisian hackers decrypt dictator's old Internet censorship machines - France 24, June 24, 2013
The Tunisian Internet Agency has just opened access to the basement of a villa in Tunis where government employees censored the Internet under former dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's regime. The infamous servers used to monitor Internet usage are still there - but now, in a role reversal, Tunisian hackers have taken them over and are trying to discover their secrets.

Weibo Keyword Un-Blocking Is Not a Victory Against Censorship - Tea Leaf Nation, June 21, 2013
Censorship on Sina Weibo, an immensely popular Chinese social media platform much like a combination of Facebook and Twitter, has gotten much more complicated in recent months. Through the testing of searches of key "sensitive" terms on the site, it has become clear that some previously-blocked search terms now return results. Don't pop open bottles of champagne to celebrate a decrease in censorship yet, however: an examination of available search results shows that it is instead merely a shift in tactics. The implementation of more targeted, subtler censorship - including the sanitization of keyword search results to remove unwanted content - makes the suppression of information more invisible, and harder to fight. 
About Us

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 203 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.  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).