BBG Media Highlights - September 5, 2013
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Kevin Klose Officially Named President/CEO Of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - All Access Music Group, September 5, 2013
The BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS has officially named former NPR and RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY chief KEVIN KLOSE as Pres./CEO of RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY. KLOSE has been serving as Acting President and CEO while the BBG sought a permanent replacement for the departed STEVEN KORN. KLOSE, who served as RFE/RL President in 1994-97 before serving as NPR President in 1998-2008, agreed to rejoin RFE/RL for up to one year in JANUARY, taking leave from his position as Dean of the journalism college at the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
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Why China's Enormous Twitter Rival Blocks Searches Related To 'Hair Bacon' - Business Insider, September 4, 2013
There were some patterns, indeed. General categories that emerged for me were words related to people, foreign or overseas media organizations and human rights organizations (think PEN, Voice of America, publications in Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora that are critical of China), political reform and politics, protests and scandals, and people. The book organizes the words thematically and you can jump around, but if you read it from beginning to end, I walk readers who don't know too much about China through some of the basic concepts like the "one country, two systems" policy, Chinese characters and homophones, the Communist Party structure, and some of the key events in Chinese history that appear over and over in these keywords.
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Olympics-Pyeongchang rejects N.Korea proposal to co-host 2018 Games - Reuters, September 4, 2013
On Tuesday, North Korea's Chang told U.S. funded broadcaster Voice of America that the Masik resort could possibly hold 2018 events if an agreement could be reached. "When construction is complete, it (Masik) can be used in an international event and possibly in the Olympic Games," Chang was quoted as saying in the telephone interview.

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Even Their Seats Are To Be Separated When Putin & Obama Meet - NPR, September 5, 2013
Voice of America notes that "it's often the quiet moves that tell you about the real atmosphere of relations between heads of state. ... Izvestia reported on Sept. 4 that the organizers of the G-20 summit in Saint Petersburg have rewritten the seating plan with the Latin instead of Cyrillic alphabet to ensure that Putin and Obama are not placed near each other."

Bordallo supports action in Syria - Pacific Daily News, September 5, 2013
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he appreciates that Obama is consulting with Congress before launching a military attack on Syria, according to a Voice of America report.

WFP in a Tight Spot for 2013 - Daily NK, September 5, 2013
The World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that food support for North Korea hit a two-year low during the month of August. According to WFP, cited by Radio Free Asia (RFA), food aid to North Korea this year has shown a declining trend since February: more than 3000 tons in January; 6000t in February; 4000t in March and April; 3000t in May and June; 2900t in July; and 2050t in August, the lowest amount of food aid given since 200t in August of 2011.

Al-Amriki alive, severs ties with al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda - Sabahi, September 4, 2013
News outlets reported that he was killed by fighters loyal to top al-Shabaab commander Ahmed Abdi Godane in May, but al-Amriki contacted Voice of America (VOA) Somali Service on Tuesday after two of his wives were arrested in Dinsor by members from al-Shabaab's Amniyat unit. In an interview with VOA, he announced that he was finished with al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda, and said Godane had turned into a dictator.

Babies Having Babies: Teenage Pregnancies Destroying Lives And Futures Of South African Girls - International Business Times, September 5, 2013
"This problem [teen pregnancy] seems to be continuing unabated as we continue to receive similar cases." NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said, according to Voice of America. Teen pregnancies have also become a serious problem in the neighboring Eastern Cape province. Voice of America reported on a poor district in the province called Zidindi -- with a population of about 130,000 and nearly 100 percent unemployment -- which has witnessed a dramatic increase in teenagers giving births. Zidindi also suffers from high rate diseases caused by lack of open sewers as well as a very high rate if HIV infection. Hundreds of children in the district die every year from diarrhea and other illnesses.

Foreign Ministry rejects Syrian diplomat's statement on Ukrainians' fighting in Syria on opposition's side - Interfax, Deptember 4, 2013
"We have an official note from the Syrian Foreign Ministry to a request from our Embassy in Damascus, which reads that they also have no information regarding participation of Ukrainian citizens in military operations," Radio Liberty cited Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis as saying.

International Red Cross Visits Rebel-Held Territory in Kachin State - Irrawaddy, September 5, 2013
A delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has returned from a four-day trip to rebel-controlled areas in Kachin State, where they visited hospitals and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), Radio Free Asia reports. The trip from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 included an assessment of the medical situation at hospitals and IDP camps in Laiza and Majayang and could lead to a future medical program, Radio Free Asia cited the delegation leader, Dominik Urban, as saying. The visit came amid clashes between Kachin rebels and government soldiers, despite a preliminary peace agreement signed in May.
Of Interest
Jeff Bezos to his future Washington Post journalists: Put the readers first - Washington Post, September 4, 2013
Jeffrey P. Bezos had a simple bit of advice for the staff of the newspaper he'll soon own: Put readers, not advertisers, first. Don't write to impress each other. And above all, "Don't be boring."

Who, what, when, where, why, and how - Columbia Journalism Review, September 3, 2013
From high-school teachers to new-media whiz kids, conservative pundits to liberal wonks, African poets to Google executives, CJR asked dozens of people to answer the question, What is journalism for?, preferably in 100 words or less.

Reuters, AFP Pull Unflattering Francois Hollande Photo, Sparking Self-Censorship Concerns - Huffington Post, September 4, 2013
French President Francois Hollande visited a northern school Tuesday to ring in the new academic year. Then, he made a goofy face. The moment was captured by a photographer and released as a press image by both Reuters and the Agence France-Presse (AFP). However, it wasn't long before the news agencies backtracked and removed the image of Hollande smiling from their systems.
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