BBG Media Highlights - July 15, 2013
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U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans - Foreign Policy: The Cable, July 14, 2013
Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January.
Also mentioned by The Daily Beast  

CFO Moves: Compass Diversified, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, BBG
 - Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2013
The Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency that supervises all U.S. government-supported civilian international media, hired Leslie Hyland as its chief financial officer. She succeeds Maryjean Buhler, who left BBG in October after 3 years to take the CFO job at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a spokeswoman. Ms. Hyland was most recently the director of audit and risk management at the Australian National University.
Also mentioned by Radio World

Point the Finger at You: Who to Blame for the Zimmerman Trial? - Huffington Post, July 13, 2013
Turn to foreign media sources. Much like civil society activists in transitional democracies tune into the BBC World Service or the Voice of America, foreign coverage can offer us fresh perspectives and unique storylines.

Post-war Czechoslovak exile, overlooked chapter in nation's modern history - Radio Prague, July 13, 2013
"So an organization called the Committee for Free Europe was founded in June 1949, officially financed by sponsors but in reality by the CIA. US intelligence was heavily involved in the affairs related to Eastern European émigrés, and in the early 1950s, the committee launched several well-known projects such as a magazine entitled News from Behind the Iron Curtain, an anti-communist propaganda campaign called Crusade for Freedom, a college for talented émigrés called Free Europe University, and of course Radio Free Europe."
Citations of BBG Broadcasters
Chinese embassy in Washington graffitied with character for 'demolish' - ShanghaiistJuly 12, 2013
China's embassy to the US in Washington DC was graffitied this week. Voice of America reports that 拆 (chāi, demolish/dismantle) was sprayed on the two pillars of the embassy's front gate, and on the entrance to an office building. [...] While no one has claimed responsibility for tagging the embassy, Initiatives for China are crowing the loudest, their founder Yang Jianli, told Voice of America, "People widely believe the graffiti on the Chinese embassy in the US is in support of the Sparrow Initiative."
Also cited by France 24

N. Korean refugees in U.S. total 159: report - Korea Herald, July 14, 2013
The U.S. began accepting North Korean refugees after adopting the North Korean Human Rights Act in 2004. Their number rose from nine in the 2006 fiscal year to 37 in 2008 and 22 last year, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) said in a report, monitored in Seoul.

Stomach Bug Outbreak Persists At RI, Massachusetts Beaches - CBS Local, July 13, 2013
Dozens of beach-goers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts have been sickened by the Shigella Sonnei bacterium. (Credit: Voice of America)

Cambodia: Thing long term beyond July 28 - Asian Human Rights Commission, July 15, 2013
Recently, the US State Department asked the Hun Sen government to allow Rainsy to return safely to Cambodia, free from arrest. Police spokesman Kiet Chantharith told Radio Free Asia Sam Rainsy would be arrested upon arrival.

Biblical Plague: Massive Locust Infestation Threatens Almost Two-Thirds Of Madagascar's Population - International Business Times, July 12, 2013
"The plague will of course have a big impact on the cereal production. [It] will also have an impact on pastures. So that means that - not this year, but probably next year - there will also be an impact on the cattle - on the health of the cattle," said FAO Locust Control Officer Annie Monard, according to Voice of America.

Pakistani teen activist Malala has petition for Ban Ki-moon - UPI, July 12, 2013
The teenager also presented Ban with a petition seeking education for all children, Voice of America reported. As of Thursday, Malala's petition had more than 330,000 signatures. The petition calls on the U.N. General Assembly to provide money for new teachers, schools and books, and to recommit to getting all children into the classroom by December 2015.

Judge orders halt to genital searches on Guantanamo Bay detainees - UPI, July 12, 2013
The decision issued Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth will change the examinations detainees must undergo before and after any meeting they have with their counsel, Voice of America reported. [...] Lawyers said the genital searches were meant to break a hunger strike and discourage their clients from seeking legal assistance, Voice of America reported.

China claims Uyghurs trained in Syria - Asia Times, July 15, 2013
The Chinese reports of Uyghur militants returning to Xinjiang from Syria come amid a wave of violent incidents in Xinjiang: On March 9, a group of unidentified men attacked a police station with a petrol bomb in Hotan (Radio Free Asia, March 12); On June 28, in Hotan, as many as 15 Uyghurs were killed after the police broke up a sermon at a mosque and arrested the imam, which led to large protests in a town's main square (Radio Free Asia, June 30).

Burma: Government resolves tensions with Wa Army - Asian Tribune, July 13, 2013
Aung Kyaw Zaw, a military observer from China-Burma border, told Radio Free Asia (Burmese Service) that, aside from the helicopters, there were also reports that China had sent a large number of armaments and military-use vehicles to the China-Burma border in Sept. 2012, and that new weapons had recently appeared in the area.

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Syrian opposition says 200 civilians trapped in Damascus mosque - Ayooh (Egyptian news and information site), July 15, 2013
According to Radio Sawa, Syria's main Western-backed opposition says 200 civilians are trapped in a mosque in a suburb of the Syrian capital as fighting rages outside between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

40 killed in attacks across Iraq - Gomhoria (Egyptian news and information site), July 11, 2013
Militants killed 25 Iraqi security forces in a wave of attacks on Thursday, and 14 other people died in other attacks. The latest attacks come as Iraq witnesses a surge in violence that has killed more than 2,500 in the past three months, Radio Sawa reported. 
Of Interest
British TV Broadcasts Muslim Call To Prayer - NPR, July 14, 2013
Britain's Channel 4 is airing the three-minute call to prayer at 3 a.m. every day for the entire month of Ramadan. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain.

University of Macau Moves Over the China Border - New York Times, July 14, 2013
China has made exceptions to Internet censorship before, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, for example. And in terms of governance, there are some gray areas along the Hong Kong and Macau borders, mostly at customs checkpoints. But experts interviewed for this article said there was no recent precedence for a chunk of Chinese land being passed to another legal jurisdiction in this manner, and certainly not for the sake of academic freedom. While many professors and students in China find ways to jump the firewall, no other mainland campus has its own officially uncensored Internet connection.

Al Jazeera's Awful Week - Foreign Policy, July 11, 2013
Office raids, expulsions, popular anger, staff resignations, verbal abuse, and the loss of a friendly government in Cairo. It's easy to see why this wasn't Al Jazeera's week.

Russian Mobile Revolution Sparks Fight for Network Orders - Bloomberg, July 15, 2013
Russian mobile carriers are gearing up for about $13 billion in spending to boost data speeds, creating the next major battleground for network suppliers. Russia is, by land mass, the largest country in the world, making it potentially tremendously lucrative for makers of equipment such as base stations and antennas. It has trailed the U.S. and Europe in wireless infrastructure, leaving consumers unable to enjoy video streaming and quick browsing. 
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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).