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BBG Media Highlights - September 13, 2013
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-- Omar Hammami, a native of Alabama, who was known as Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," has died in Somalia. Hammami gave his last media interview to Voice of America last week, in which he said that he would not return to the USA "unless it's in a body bag." (also mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Alabama Local 15, other media)

-- International media? Radio World mentions that there's an app for that. (As does IBB Director Richard Lobo in a recent blog post.)

-- NPR talks to a former RFE/RL reporter about the murder of Georgi Markov

Citations of BBG Networks

-- "Navalny is playing for keeps. He has his eye on a prize bigger than the Moscow mayor's office. And believe it or not, he's winning." Chicago Tribune quote's RFE/RL's Brian Whitmore.

-- Yonhap News cites VOA reporting that United States will provide North Korea emergency aid.

-- No sign that China is loosening controls on the internet. CPJ uses Radio Free Asia interview on the new rumor rules in China.

-- Can Cambodia's new government really represent the people? Asian Correspondent uses VOA Khmer video in its report.

-- How can Miss Uzbekistan exist without the existence of a Miss Uzbekistan competition? The Daily Mail cites Radio Liberty's reporting into the mystery.

-- UPI covers assaults on activists in Armenia, cites RFE/RL reporting on a rally last week.

-- Elderly Tibetan man beaten during a protest. Tibetan Review cited Radio Free Asia reporting.

In the foreign-language press:

-- Sada Albalad (Egyptian news site) cites Radio Sawa interview with U.S. Ambassador Joseph MacManu that the US is ready to work with new Iranian government to reach a diplomatic solution on Iran's nuclear program.

-- Veto (Egyptian news site) cites Radio Sawa reporting on a meeting between Obama and the Canadian PM on Syria.

-- "What we need to do is make sure the president has the opportunity to speak to all 100 senators and all 300 million American people before we do this." Alwafd (Egyptian news site) cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., regarding the Senate vote to authorize the use of force against the Syrian regime.

-- Yonhap News (South Korean news agency) cites RFA's Korean Service on the subject of reuniting Korean-American separated families with their family member in North Korea.

Of Interest

-- The battle for Syria's hearts and minds -- and ears.

-- Al Jazeera will take legal action against Egypt over the "sustained campaign of harassment and intimidation" against their journalists.

-- Who counts as a journalist? The U.S. Senate is on it.

-- The story behind the Putin op-ed (as well as some fact-checking from the Washington Post & New Republic).

-- Broadcast clocks are pretty cool.
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