Note: Due to a lapse in appropriations, many parts of the federal government have had to shut down including non-excepted work of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The BBG Media Highlights will be discontinued until the BBG resumes normal operations.

BBG Media Highlights - September 28, 2013
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-- CNN (Spanish-language) discusses Radio/TV Marti with Director of Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Carlos Garcia Perez.

Citations of BBG Networks

-- Magnitsky posthumous conviction. Brown Political Review quotes RFE/RL telephone interview with widow's lawyer.

-- Tibetans have low morale. Hinduistan Times mentions Radio Free Asia comment on change from "Tibetan government in-exile" to "Central Tibetan Administration."

-- Public Religion Research Institute discusses nontheist political action committees with VOA.

-- Inspecting chemical weapons sites in Syria. Al Bawaba cites VOA.

In the foreign-language press:

-- Assyrian news site Ankawa cited Radio Sawa's report on the suicide bombing that targeted mourners at a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad Sunday, killing 24 people.


-- Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Ahram cited Radio Sawa that the resolution agreed by the five most powerful members of the United Nations Security Council, requiring Syria to surrender its chemical weapons, will "open the door toward a political solution and an end to the civil war in that country," said Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.


-- Official Libyan news agency LANA cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from President Barack Obama regarding his phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rohani.  President Obama said "I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution" to Iran's nuclear program.


-- Egyptian news site Sada Al Balad cited statements aired on Radio Sawa from Attorney General Eric Holder that the U.S. intelligence community has not seen "any specific, credible evidence" that al Shabab, an Al Qaeda off-shoot based in Somalia, is planning to do anything in the U.S.  "I'm not sure they have the capacity to do anything in the United States," Holder added.


Of Interest

-- How would we report on the government shutdown if it were happening in another country?

-- No government tweeting during a shutdown.

-- "Americans seem to think that Asia is like a 'movie' and that you can freeze developments out here whenever the U.S. becomes intensely involved elsewhere .... It does not work like that. If the United States wants to substantially affect the strategic evolution of Asia, it cannot come and go."

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is the independent federal agency that oversees all government-supported U.S. civilian international media. The mission of the BBG is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. Networks within the BBG 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).  BBG programming reaches an audience of 203 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.