BBG Media Highlights - July 10, 2013
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United Nations Of Journalists Arrives In Athens - WOUB Public Media, July 9, 2013
The scholars will spend the next three weeks in Athens learning about journalism education in America and teaching about that in their respective countries. After that they'll be visiting cultural sites and businesses engaged in journalism throughout the country. Those stops will include everything from "The Budget," America's Amish newspaper based in Ohio, to San Fransisco to visit Google, an Atlanta visit to CNN, and a Washington, D.C. trip to NPR, The Voice of America and the Capitol.

Nehru & VOA - Frontline, July 9
On July 9, 2013, it will be 50 years since India signed an agreement with the United States for sharing the facilities of a powerful, 1,000 kW medium wave radio transmitter to counter China's propaganda in South-East Asia. India would build and operate a radio broadcasting station near Calcutta (now Kolkata), while the U.S. would supply the transmitter and ancillary equipment. India would own in perpetuity the station and all the equipment supplied by the U.S., but it would make available three hours of prime time daily for the relay of Voice of America (VOA) programmes to South-East Asia. 
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Latest Twist at Bolshoi: Director Is Pushed Out - New York Times, July 9, 2013
Mr. Medinsky also hastily retired two major museum directors in the last week, in addition to Mr. Iksanov. In an interview with Radio Liberty, the theater critic Marina Timasheva said Mr. Iksanov might well have remained in his post were it not for Mr. Medinsky.

Chinese Police Said to Fire on Tibetans - New York Times, July 9, 2013
According to the International Campaign for Tibet, Radio Free Asia and other groups, the crowd included Buddhist monks and nuns from nearby monasteries but also scores of laypeople who were celebrating the 78th birthday of the Dalai Lama, an event that has traditionally been banned by the authorities. Despite the prohibition on such gatherings, rights advocates say the police often look the other way as celebrants burn incense or hang prayer flags to mark the occasion.
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Silvio Berlusconi's ally 'rendered dissident's family to Kazakhstan' - The Independent, July 9, 2013
Mr Ablyazov's eldest daughter, Madina, speaking from Switzerland, told Radio Free Europe: "Probably, the minute they have him, they will just kill him. They want to kill him, because my father is the biggest opponent to the President."

Japan to China: Stop trying to change the region by force - Christian Science Monitor, July 9, 2013
China's maritime activities are lawful and peaceful, while Japan has recently "played up the China threat, causing tensions and confrontation," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, according to Voice of America, adding; "And the international community cannot help but worry over where Japan is heading."

Azerbaijan: Inflatable Doll Joins Feminist Cause - EurasiaNet, July 9, 2013
In comments to Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, he said that he did not mean the observation in a bad way. "I just think women look best in the kitchen," Hasanov was quoted as saying by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. "I don't want a woman to destroy her family for the sake of her work or a career."

500 Sentenced Since 2012 for Arakan Violence - Irrawaddy, July 10, 2013
Radio Free Asia reports that about 1,200 people have been arrested and 500 have been given jail terms for their roles in the inter-communal violence that broke out in western Burma's Arakan State last year.
Of Interest
Iran launches 'national email service' - Guardian, July 9, 2013
Iran has launched its own "national email service", requiring all citizens to sign up to it to "safely" communicate with government officials. Prior to use, account holders will have to provide their local post office with their full name, national identification number and postcode.

Journalist Assassinated in Violent Russian Republic - New York Times, July 9, 2013
A prominent journalist who had accused local authorities of persecuting and kidnapping Muslims was shot dead in an ambush in the violent Russian republic of Dagestan on Tuesday, police officials said. The journalist, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, 53, a deputy editor of the independent daily newspaper Novoye Delo, had already survived a January assassination attempt at the same spot just outside the capital, Makhachkala.

CEO Re-Imagines NPR as a Pandora of News - Wall Street Journal, July 9, 2013
NPR has had a rough few years, and despite new leadership, the turbulence hasn't entirely subsided. Gary E. Knell took the helm in 2011 when the public-radio network, formerly known as National Public Radio, was still smarting from what he calls "self-inflicted wounds." NPR had taken heat the previous year when commentator Juan Williams made controversial comments about Muslims during a TV appearance, and was fired, and then-Chief Executive Vivian Schiller resigned in March 2011 after an NPR fundraiser bashed conservatives. NPR has moved on from those scandals, but its financial woes-it is staring down an anticipated $6 million deficit this year-are keeping Mr. Knell busy.

Report: Web monitoring devices made by U.S. firm Blue Coat detected in Iran, Sudan - Washington Post, July 8, 2013
American-made devices used for Internet monitoring have been detected on government and commercial computer networks in Iran and Sudan, in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions that ban the sale of goods, services or technology to the autocratic states, according to new research. 
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