BBG Media Highlights - July 18, 2013
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The Case for American Propaganda - Foreign Policy, July 17, 2013
Second, the ban on domestic dissemination of BBG TV and radio shows was simply unworkable in the age of the Internet. The Internet is global. There is literally no way to prevent a show produced for foreign audiences from being accessed by Americans. In this sense, the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act just acknowledges reality: Anyone, anywhere in the world, can access BBG programs. The only thing that's really changed as a result of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act is that Americans no longer have to work harder than foreigners to access the U.S.-funded radio and TV programs readily available overseas.

 

US Government-Funded News Comes Home - Inter Press Service, July 18, 2013
Opponents complain government-sponsored news being delivered domestically is akin to propaganda, but the BBG argues that it actually represents an advance for US transparency, as citizens now will have a better understanding of what kind of information its government propagates abroad. It deserves noting, however, that US citizens have always had access to BBG material through the Internet.

 

US Wishes for Democracy for Its Friend, Azerbaijan - EurasiaNet, July 17, 2013

The concerns are well-known and range from a clampdown on the press, most recently exemplified by jamming the signal of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, to the jailing of political dissidents and growing reluctance among lawyers to defend them in court. 

 

Beijing Steps Up To Crackdown 'Illegal' Communications In Tibet - Headlines and Global News, July 18, 2013
Since radio is the main source of foreign information for people inside Tibet, the crackdown is likely to block two of the leading over sea radios - Norway based Voice of Tibet and U.S. sponsored Radio Free Asia.

Citations of BBG Broadcasters

In Race to Develop Myanmar, Government Grabs Farmland for Factories - PBS Newshour, July 17, 2013

Myanmar's government has entered into a major development agreement with a consortium of Japanese companies to build tech, food and textile factories. For many, this means more jobs, trade and revenue. But to make room, some farmers are being evicted and losing their livelihood. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports.
[Footage from Radio Free Asia appears at 4:18]
 

New Pussy Riot Video Asks Where Russia's Oil Wealth Goes - The New York Times, July 16, 2013
There have been signs of division between the women in the past, and the music video was uploaded Tuesday to a new YouTube channel registered in the group's name. As the American-financed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, the liner notes also claim that Russia's oil revenues amounted to 7 trillion rubles (about $215 billion) in 2012, "but only Putin and several of his friends see this 7 trillion." To focus attention on this, the group said, "We therefore decided to independently look into oil production and sing our new song about the red prison to oil and gas workers."

 

Russian Orthodox Church video game lets you slay Pussy Riot members - The Daily Caller, July 17, 2013
At a Russian Orthodox Church-sponsored youth festival in Moscow last week, organizers showcased a video game that allows players to snuff out a continuous stream of members of the feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot. The game is called "Don't Let Pussy Riot into the Cathedral," reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

Minor scuffles in Cairo as Morsi supporters protest new Cabinet - UPI, July 17, 2013
Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's supporters protested Wednesday against the formation of a new Cabinet that includes no Islamist parties' members. Demonstrators outside Cairo's main government buildings demanded Morsi be returned to power, Voice of America reported.

 

Deputy terror leader in Yemen reported killed in U.S. drone strike - UPI, July 17, 2013
The deputy commander of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, the organization announced Wednesday in an online video message. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Said al-Shihri was dead, but did not say when the alleged strike took place, Voice of America reported.

 

Brotherhood calls for renewed protests as new cabinet begins work - UPI, July 17, 2013
The Muslim Brotherhood called for renewed protests Wednesday as a new government led by interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi began work, officials said. El-Beblawi's newly formed cabinet includes liberals and technocrats, including seven members of the previous government, Voice of America reported.

 

Navalny Heads to Prison, Czech Bribery Probe Ends - Transitions Online, July 18, 2013
A recent alleged gang rape has prompted hundreds of Ukrainians to take to the streets in protest against abuse and corruption in the country's police forces, Radio Free Europe writes. Angry residents of the town of Vradiyevka south of Kyiv attacked a police station there in early July after authorities tried to protect two police officers who, together with another man, are accused of carjacking, beating, and raping a young woman.

 

Syrian Kurds to Declare Autonomy From Damascus - Times of Israel, July 17, 2013
A PYD spokesperson told Radio Sawa anchor Zaid Benjamin that "Islamist brigades started the provocations in Ras al-Ayn and the other Kurdish areas" and that the battles against them was "our chance to root out the Islamists from the Kurdish areas. Despite the brief flare up on the Syria-Turkey border, there is little chance of a major escalation by Ankara, Aaron Stein, PhD candidate and a researcher at the Istanbul-based Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies.

 

Macedonia: Who is not willing of name issue decision? - Focus Information Agency, July 18, 2013
Macedonian authorities are silent about the answer of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to the letter of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Radio Free Europe  announced. According to information Samaras has rejected the proposal for a summit on the name issue. The main opposition party in Macedonia stated they will announce their position later.

 

Guinea: Death Toll Mounts in Guinea Clashes - allAfrica, July 17, 2013
Authorities imposed a curfew in the area, the Voice of America reported. The VOA report said there were at least 20 dead and dozens wounded. Quoting journalist Mamadou Dian Balde of the Independent and Democrat newspapers in Guinea, it said the violence started when members of the Guerze, or Kpelle, tribe beat to death an ethnic Konianke, or Mandingo, youth after accusing him of stealing gasoline.

 

Kerry Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks With Arab League - Hispanic Business, July 17, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and senior Arab League officials Wednesday discussed efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, aides said. The diplomats also discussed rising tensions in Egypt during their meeting in Amman, Jordan, where Kerry also was scheduled to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah, Voice of America reported.

 

U.N. to send US$6 mln in emergency aid to N. Korea - Yonhap News Agency, July 17, 2013
The United Nations has decided to provide North Korea with US$6 million in emergency aid by the end of this year, a report said Thursday, in a bid to relieve fund shortages at U.N. agencies operating in the isolated country. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told the Washington-based Voice of America that U.N. bodies operating in the North will receive this aid through a pool of reserve funding known as the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Of Interest

Independent news orgs in Latin America band together in search of new business models - Nieman Journalism Lab, July 17, 2013
A loose federation of independent news organizations in Latin America have decided to make it official. Rosental Alves of The University of Texas' Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has been convening an informal spring colˇquio in Austin for some time now, gathering together many of the most innovative new news outlets in Latin America, and many of those attendees have collaborated on reporting and publishing regional stories in the past. But this new network, called ALiados (meaning alliance), is meant to serve an entirely different purpose.

 

Internet Censorship Is Taking Root in Southeast Asia - Time, July 18, 2013
Every time Le Anh Hung starts to write he thinks of his three young children. The 38-year-old has already been imprisoned twice for blogging about human rights and corruption from his home in Hanoi and lives half-expecting another fateful knock at the door. And yet "I'm not scared," he says, "I know what I choose to do is risky but I accept the fight."

 

Long-lost Gershwin piece to premiere at Centenary Stage by Paragon Ragtime Orchestra - NJ.com, July 17, 2013
In addition to its worldwide concert hall, university, and festival appearances, the orchestra has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on the New York Times' WQXR, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America networks.

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).