BBG Media Highlights - July 5, 2013
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Global media wars: the rise of foreign-owned English-language networks - WBEZ, July 4, 2013
The U.S. government, for example, funds tremendous research in the former Soviet Republics...really does great investigative reporting, all around the region, some of the best reporting that's done in the world is done by Radio Free Europe. And sure that coincides with a broader American national interest in promoting freedom and democracy in the region, but really the reporters think mostly about doing in-depth, qualified investigations on current events. 


Israeli security strip-search Arab journalist at US Independence Day party - AP, July 5, 2013
The U.S.-funded Alhurra network said Thursday that one of its cameramen was interrogated and strip-searched by Israeli security men while covering a July 4 party at the U.S. ambassador's residence near Tel Aviv. 


Foreign Press Association StatementForeign Press Association - July 4, 2013
The Foreign Press Association is shocked and appalled that the prime minister's security detail strip-searched an al-Hurra cameraman who was providing pool coverage of the July 4 party at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Herzliya. We believe that he was targeted because he is Arab. 

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Habre's lawyers reject special tribunal - LegalBrief, July 5, 2013
Lawyers representing former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre say their client will not recognize a tribunal set up in Senegal to try him on genocide charges stemming from his eight-year reign. Voice of America reports that Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 until the military ousted him in 1990, is accused of overseeing more than 40 000 political killings, as well as systematic torture and other human rights violations.

Caucasus Separatists Vow Olympic Attacks, Ethnic Cleanser Gets Early Release - Transitions Online, July 5, 2013
Islamist insurgents in Russia's North Caucasus regions have threatened to stop next year's Winter Olympics in the Black Sea city of Sochi, Radio Free Europe reports. Insurgent leader Doku Umarov released a video on 3 July urging fellow Islamist rebels to prevent the games from happening. Umarov, leader of the militant Islamist separatist group Imarat Kavkaz (Caucasus Emirate), called the upcoming Olympics "Satanist games to be held on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many Muslims who died and are buried on our territory along the Black Sea."

In the foreign language press

Ahmed Shafiq says he will return to Egypt - Shorouk News, July 1, 2013
Shorouk News cited Alhurra for its interview with the former Egyptian prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq regarding the current situation in Egypt.  Shafiq stated that he has enough support to run for presidency in Egypt.


Also cited in:  Elfagr, Assabeel, Masrawy and Alwatan Voice.

Of Interest

Twitter translates tweets from leading Egyptians - BBC, July 4, 2013
As Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, non-Egyptians were able to read his tweets in their local languages. Other figures being translated included opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei and Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim. Twitter is using Microsoft Bing translator as an "experiment".

The Challenges of the Internet and Social Media in Public Diplomacy - American Security Project, February 2013
In recent years, global political upheaval has brought a great deal of attention to the perceived power of the internet and social media. World leaders have been participating on twitter, governments run Facebook pages, and the U.S. State Department has been lauded for its vast efforts to integrate social media into what it calls "21st Century Statecraft."

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).