BBG Media Highlights - July 11, 2013
About Our Broadcasters

 Weight of expectation: Kazemi carries Iran into NBA - CNN, July 11, 2013
[Arsalan] Kazemi grew up watching the NBA commentator every Friday on Alhurra TV, a Washington-based network that broadcast games in Iran.


Hispanic IT Executive Council to Host Quarterly Leadership Summit at Lockheed Martin Executive Briefing Center - Market Watch, July 10, 2013
Other summit speakers include Mary Ann Gomez, Executive Director, The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute; Tom Kellerman, Vice President, Cyber Security, Trend Micro; Haden Land, Vice President, Engineering & Chief Technology Officer at Lockheed Martine IS&GS Civil; and Andre Mendes, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer, International Broadcasting Bureau; Director of Technology, Services and Innovation, Broadcasting Board of Governors.

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Hearing - Mena FN, July 10, 2013
In this restrictive environment, and despite obstruction by local authorities, CNRP party leaders have been actively campaigning, traveling the countryside to introduce the party and its platform through small meetings and events. Given that all television stations are affiliated with the ruling party, the opposition's media outreach is limited to a small number of independent radio stations. These too are under threat: the Ministry of Information recently issued a ban on broadcasting from Radio Free Asia, Voice of America, and Radio France International for the entire campaign period. Further, the ban prohibits coverage of election activities and reports on problems with the elections during the final week of the campaign.

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

Ahmed Assem El-Senousy, Egyptian Photographer, Films Own Death By Egyptian Sniper? - Huffington Post, July 10, 2013
In a eerily prescient Facebook post dated June 23, El-Senousy warned journalists to be careful when working in protest areas. "No picture is worth your life," he wrote, according to a translation by The Huffington Post. For its part, the Egyptian military has so far defended the actions of its troops on Monday, claiming that the protesters had perpetuated a "terrorist attack" that killed one soldier and wounded others, according to Voice of America. Pro-Morsi supporters have vowed to fight on to free the deposed former leader.


Alleged Colombian drug lord pleads not guilty in New York - UPI, July 10, 2013
Daniel Barrera, an accused Colombian drug lord, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in New York to charges he ran a major trafficking organization. Barrera spoke through an interpreter at his court appearance, Voice of America reported. He is being held without bail.


Head of Dubai Police abandons Twitter account after Morsi ousting - 7 Days in Dubai, July 11, 2013
[General Dahi Khalfan bin] Tamim had regularly exchanged tweets with Muslim Brotherhood followers and was known to mock them. One such tweet read: "If any brotherhood member wants to escape then I can help by providing a cheap house in Bangladesh." He also said that brotherhood members have psychological problems and his last such tweets criticised the organisation's ruling figures and linked them with Iran. In a TV interview this week on Al Hurra, Tamim also claimed the recent trouble in Egypt showed a connection between Al Qaeda and the brotherhood.


Nigeria: Borno Youths Reject Boko Haram Ceasefire Offer - allAfrica, July 11, 2013
Daily Trust learnt that the leaders of volunteer youths who have been succeeding in hunting suspected Boko Haram members for more than a month now, mobilized and invited all their members across the Maiduguri metropolitan council (MMC) in order to take a collective decision and issue a response to a purported deputy leader of Imam Muhammad Marwana who spoke to the Hausa service of Voice of America (VOA) from Abuja on Sunday. 


In the foreign language press


Alhurra's interview with Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief Dhahi Khalfan has further appeared in Adan Alghad, Almesreyoun and Barakish Net

Of Interest

China's blackout of U.S. media can no longer be ignored - Washington Post, July 10, 2013
From the moment we land in China, Americans must adjust to an aggressively censored version of the Internet, sanitized of the United States' most iconic brands. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are blocked. Google is partially blocked and sometimes runs through a ringer of digital interference that makes it painfully slow. The New York Times and Bloomberg News are off-limits, while the Wall Street Journal and other U.S. news sites endure targeted blockages of stories deemed sensitive. This censorship is not just an inconvenience but also a reminder that many leading U.S. media and technology companies are excluded, or largely excluded, from one of the world's largest markets and this country's largest trading partner. The United States should act forcefully to make this media freedom issue also about trade.


Woman's work: The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria - Columbia Journalism Review, July 1, 2013
People have this romantic image of the freelancer as a journalist who's exchanged the certainty of a regular salary for the freedom to cover the stories she is most fascinated by. But we aren't free at all; it's just the opposite. The truth is that the only job opportunity I have today is staying in Syria, where nobody else wants to stay. And it's not even Aleppo, to be precise; it's the frontline. Because the editors back in Italy only ask us for the blood, the bang-bang. I write about the Islamists and their network of social services, the roots of their power-a piece that is definitely more complex to build than a frontline piece. I strive to explain, not just to move, to touch, and I am answered with: "What's this? Six thousand words and nobody died?"

Salons or Not, Cyberspace Is Still a Distant Place for Most Cubans - New York Times, July 9, 2013
By the standards of many Cubans, Lazaro Noa García is an adept internaut. He e-mails his daughter in Mexico a couple of times a week at a cybersalon in an upscale suburb, and checks soccer scores and news on Yahoo. Until last month, though, the closest Mr. García, 59, had been to cyberspace was the painfully slow e-mail service at his local post office. Then on June 4, Etecsa, the state telecom company, opened 118 Internet salons around the island, expanding public Web access - by a fraction, at least - in what is regarded as the least wired country in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. García, a retired military officer, immediately signed up.


Media Wars in Egypt: The Revolution Continues With Journalists in the Crosshairs - Huffington Post, July 8, 2013
Upon taking power and unseating the first democratically elected (if not necessarily governing) president, the military immediately shut down several Egyptian and Arab television stations and arrested numerous journalists. Dozens of journalists remain in jail and several stations off-air amid the military's assertion that it was carrying out the will of the people and not in fact executing a coup. It is deeply problematic to make statements about the promotion and assurance of democracy amid a wide ranging crackdown on the media and journalists.

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).