Reaching the world, news from U.S. international media

April 2014
Comprehensive Coverage
Ukraine: RFE/RL and VOA Boost
Online and On-Air News Options
to Cover the Unfolding Crisis
Split screen of VOA interview with Ukraine Foreign Defense Minister

As accurate and unbiased information becomes increasingly important in Ukraine, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty are providing uncompromising coverage and expert analysis on the latest developments in the standoff with Russia. VOA and RFE/RL provided extensive coverage of the Crimean referendum and its immediate aftermath, as well as the impact of the annexation of Crimea on the daily lives of its citizens

VOA and Martí Coverage of Venezuela Reaching Audiences Throughout Latin America
Reporter, wearing helmet, reporting from the street Despite the Venezuelan government's threats to international media, the Voice of America and the Martís are providing unvarnished information about the persisting unrest. Read More
Two Alhurra Reports Change Lives of Families in Iraq
Boy and man hugging Two families' lives have changed forever, thanks to recent reports on Alhurra-Iraq. In one, a teenage boy is reunited with his family after four years in a detention center, and in the second a wounded police officer and his wife receive financial assistance.  Read More
Radio Free Asia Marks World Water Day
In time for World Water Day 2014, on March 22, Radio Free Asia redesigned its Water Project site to increase attention to the continuing water crisis in its broadcast countries. The interactive site, which calls for direct input from RFA listeners, has been updated with new graphics, interactive elements, including a Water Survival Game, and new video about China's clean water scarcity affecting rural residents. Read More
Interviews of Note
John Kerry Tells VOA U.S. Is Ready To Impose More Sanctions on Russia For Its Actions in Ukraine
Reporter sits down with John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is "prepared to respond very, very strongly with additional, serious, sector sanctions" if Russia continues to engage in illegal activities in Ukraine.  The secretary made the comment in an exclusive interview with VOA's Persian Service at the State Department. Read More
Senators McCain and Kaine Speak to MBN About Syria
Man speaking into an Alhurra mic On March 12, Radio Sawa's Washington correspondent Zaid Oshana interviewed Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who shared his thoughts on Syria and what the U.S. should do. In a separate interview that week, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) spoke with Alhurra's Congressional Correspondent Rana Abtar about the humanitarian crisis facing Syria's neighboring countries as refugees continue to stream across borders. Alhurra also had several other notable interviews, including US Ambassador to Algeria, Henry S. Ensher; the State Department's Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Alberto Fernandez; and Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC).
BBG News and Updates
Russia Clamps Down Further on U.S. International Media
Vladimir Putin tours Russia Today
The Broadcasting Board of Governors has condemned a recent decision by Russian authorities to cut off all remaining radio transmissions by U.S. international media in Russia.The move also comes amid a fast-moving campaign to target opposition and independent media.Read More  
BBG to Become More Nimble and Streamlined Under the FY15 Budget Request
RFE/RL correspondent Andriy Dubchak covering a protest near the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine in Kyiv, Dec. 2013
On March 25, the BBG released its detailed Fiscal Year 2015 budget request seeking $721.26 million to meet strategic priorities, migrating to media that its listeners and viewers increasingly use, and innovating to reach next-generation audiences. Read More 
VOA Indonesian Celebrates Two Years with Award Winning CMS
Two years ago, Voice of America's Indonesian Service became the first of VOA's language services to launch a website powered by the Pangea content management system.  Pangea, which was created by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, proved to be so useful, it now serves as the content management infrastructure behind all of the websites of Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, Radio Sawa, and Alhurra television, as well as RFE/RL. Read More
In This Issue
Threats to Press
RFE/RL's Baghdad Bureau Chief Shot Dead
headshot of RFI Bureau Chief On March 22 an Iraqi presidential guard shot and killed the Baghdad bureau chief of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Mohammed Bdaiwi Obaid al-Shammari. The Board called for the immediate arrest of the Iraqi presidential guard accused in his shooting.
Bashar Fahmi Remains Missing in Syria   
montage of photos of Bashar Fahmi Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi was reporting from Aleppo, Syria, when a firefight broke out, and he went missing. There has been no word from Fahmi since his disappearance approximately 19 months ago. Read More
Television Viewership Ubiquitous in Egypt
It was a full house for BBG's research briefing on contemporary media use in Egypt. At the March 13 event, the BBG and Gallup released research showing that despite the political changes that have occurred in Egypt over the past several years, the media sources upon which people are relying for news and information have not changed significantly.

The next BBG Gallup briefing will be held on May 15 and will focus on media use in Nigeria. More information about the BBG Research Series can be found here.
VOA Marks 20 Years Since Rwandan Genocide with Panel Discussion

On April 2, Voice of America hosted a special event to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The panel, "Media and Genocide Prevention: What have we learned from Rwanda?" was moderated by VOA Central Africa Service Chief Robert Daguillard and featured news correspondents and regional experts offering their insights into why the international media paid so little attention to the catastrophe in Rwanda until it was too late. Read More
BBG's Will Sullivan Speaks at SXSW Interactive

BBG's Director of Mobile, Will Sullivan, spoke at South By Southwest Interactive on March 8 in a session entitled, "43 Tongues," about the launching the Voice of America mobile apps in 43 languages. Sullivan's session was part of SXSWi's "Future 15" emerging and new technology track, focused on quick dives in new technologies and skills for emerging markets.
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The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international 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 206 million in more than 100 countries. BBG networks 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).





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