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BBG Media Highlights - September 9, 2013
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# "It's learning to talk about things that young people find funny or what young people care about." -- The Daily Shot profiles Voice of America's Jessica Beinecke.

# A fatwa in Iran "forbids the publication or public announcement of crimes or corruption related to government officials," leaving Voice of America and other foreign media some of the few publications reporting on the murder of Ataollah Rezvani.

# Xinhua reports on the media market in Burma, and Voice of America's relationship with MRTV.

Citations of BBG Networks

# The Washington Post cites Radio Liberty coverage of LGBT protests during the G20

# "There already is, of course, a civil war in Afghanistan." -- AP and Reuters report on this James Dobbins interview with Voice of America's Deewa service.

# The Huffington Post quotes a Radio Free Asia report on prison camps in North Korea.

# NPR references an RFE/RL profile of the al-Nusra Front, "one of two groups with ties to al-Qaida that are fighting the Syrian government."

# How is Barack Obama being portrayed in Arab media? Politico quotes a Voice of America translation.

# Speaking with foreign media is not "convenient" in China. Bloomberg quotes a VOA interview.

# AllAfrica quotes a Voice of America interview with George Weah about the civil war in Liberia.

In the foreign-language press:

# The Hong Kong Oriental Daily quotes a Radio Free Asia story on riots in Xinjiang

# Dounia Alwatan (Palestinian news site) quotes a Radio Sawa interview about President Obama and "war-weary Americans."

# Al Youm Al Sabe'a (Egyptian news site) and other publications quote a Radio Sawa piece on rebel group that has wrested control of the historic Christian town of Maaloula from regime forces.

# Murasel (pan-Arab news site) and other publications quote a Radio Sawa interview with Nancy Pelosi regarding Syria.

# Roaya News (pan-Arab news site) quotes a Radio Sawa interview with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, in which he voiced support for White House's plan for limited military strikes against the Syrian government.

Of Interest

# 60% of Tor's funding comes from the Federal government.

# Is anyone out there still listening [to AM radio]?

# China: "vitriolic criticism" permitted, "any move to get people physically mobilized" is not.
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