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

May 2014
Comprehensive Coverage
Reporting from Ukraine Becoming Increasingly Risky, Important
Amid an increasingly dangerous environment for reporters in Ukraine, the networks of the BBG are resolute in their efforts to provide much-needed news and information to audiences in the region.  Read More
VOA Provides Extensive Coverage of Attacks in Nigeria
An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Amidst the terror of bus bombs and mass kidnappings in Nigeria, the Voice of America is keeping its audiences informed, providing extensive news coverage across multiple platforms. Read More   

BBG Networks Provide Comprehensive Coverage of Elections in Iraq, Algeria and Afghanistan
As Afghans went to the polls on April 5, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America provided extra reporting and analysis during the campaigns, throughout Election Day, and immediately after.

Alhurra and Radio Sawa expanded their election coverage ahead of the April 17 Algerian election and gave their audiences the latest updates from the race along with context, analysis and audience views.

The MBN networks also provided comprehensive election coverage in Iraq, when on April 30, Iraqis voted in the first elections since the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
MBN Commemorates Arab-American Heritage Month
April was Arab-American Heritage Month, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Alhurra television and Radio Sawa commemorated the occasion with special news and programming highlighting the achievements of Arab-Americans and their integration into American society. Read More
Martís Bring User-Generated Content to the Forefront

The Martís are tapping user-generated content to strengthen news coverage across the island. As Cubans  have growing access to mobile technology the Martís are benefiting from their increased media engagement. As news happens, eyewitnesses are increasingly sending photos, videos and text messages directly to the Miami-based broadcaster. Read More 

Alhurra Reports on Religious Tolerance
As part of Alhurra's coverage on interfaith dialogue, correspondent Khaled Khairy reported on an interfaith event that brought together local Jewish and Muslim communities in Bethesda, MD. Read More
Interviews of Note
VOA Exclusive: Stowaway's Father Talks to Somali Service
When news broke of the young stowaway who survived a flight from California to Hawaii hidden in a jetliner's wheel well, journalists from many media outlets tracked down the boy's father and tried to get him to talk. But the father, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, refused to speak with any of them, with one exception: VOA's Somali Service reporter Mohamed Olad. The exclusive interview was then cited by news organizations around the world. The Somali Service team was also able to track down the teenager's mother in a refugee camp in Somalia, earning further accolades for their reporting.
Kerry Warns U.S. Is Close to Imposing Sanctions in South Sudan
In an interview with VOA on April 28, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is considering sanctions on those responsible for fighting in South Sudan that has resulted in thousands of deaths and displaced more than a million people. Read More
Iraq's Deputy Finance Minister Visits Alhurra
On his official trip to attend the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., Iraqi Deputy Finance Minister Safa al-Din Al-Safi paid a visit to Alhurra's Springfield, Va. headquarters and studios. Following a brief tour, Mr. Al-Safi met with Brian Conniff, President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, and then appeared on Alhurra-Iraq's daily newscast Iraq Today. Read More
BBG News and Updates
BBG Reviews Its Operations in Asia, Discusses Foreign Policy Priority Items
At its April meeting, the Broadcasting Board of Governors took an in-depth look at the activities and accomplishments of Radio Free Asia, examining its impact and discussing RFA's role in U.S. international media. The BBG also discussed its networks' response to the crisis in Ukraine, Internet anti-censorship initiatives, and its strategy toward Iran.
BBG Releases 2013 Annual Report
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has released its 2013 Annual Report detailing the agency's  initiatives and progress in exemplifying free press, combating violent extremism, and fostering greater understanding and engaging audiences. Read More
BBG Announces 2014 Burke Award Winners
At its April 11 meeting, the Broadcasting Board of Governors announced the winners of the 2014 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards for exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting. The winners represent each of the BBG networks and have tackled topics ranging from ethnic conflict in the Central African Republic to violence in Ukraine with reporting from some of the most dangerous locations on Earth. Read More
BBG Governor Matt Armstrong Visits Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station
On April 6-7, BBG Governor Matt Armstrong visited the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station outside Greenville, North Carolina.  Armstrong toured the property and met with staff to learn more about the operations of the facility. Read More  
BBG Marks the Passing of Two Former Chairmen
On April 28, the Broadcasting Board of Governors paid tribute to David Burke, the first chairman of the agency's governing board and a veteran news executive, who died at age 78.

The board also expressed its condolences on May 2 on the loss of Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, who served U.S. international media for 15 years, including as Voice of America director and chairman of the BBG. He was 69.
In This Issue
BBG Research Series: Media Consumption in Nigeria
Perceptions of media freedom and confidence in elections are falling in the midst of a challenging period in Nigeria.

Join the BBG and Gallup on May 15 at 9:00 am for a research briefing on media use in Nigeria. The event will include a presentation of the key findings from the recent media use study, as well as a methodological overview and a review of attitudinal data from the Gallup World Poll. Read more and register
Alhurra-Iraq Celebrates 10 Years
Alhurra-Iraq TV marked its 10th anniversary on April 27th. The local channel provides accurate and objective news about Iraq, the Middle East and the world to its Iraqi audience. Alhurra-Iraq has a weekly reach of 5.3 million. Read More
World Press Freedom Day
BBG Marks World Press Freedom Day
To commemorate World Press Freedom Day (May 3), reporters from around the globe, leaders of U.S. international media, and other staff of the BBG released an interactive presentation containing video testimonials that underscore the importance of press freedom.
BBG Hosts AMA on Media Freedom in Ukraine

In the lead-up to World Press Freedom Day 2014, BBG's Ukraine experts Adrian Karmazyn and Maryana Drach participated in a Reddit AMA to answer questions about press freedom and the reporting environment in Ukraine. Highlights and a link to the full conversation are available here.
Radio Free Asia Hosts Vietnamese Bloggers Event Ahead of World Press Freedom Day
In honor of World Press Freedom Day, Radio Free Asia hosted "Towards a Free Media in Vietnam" featuring six Vietnam-based bloggers and digital activists, in addition to U.S. human rights, media, and technology experts. The May 1 event consisted of two panels, during which speakers discussed ways to promote opening Vietnam's oppressive digital landscape and media environment. Read More
Amid Declining Media Freedom, RFE/RL Presses Ahead
Despite new lows in the free exchange of information and ideas, RFE/RL journalists are reporting the news in some of the world's most hostile environments. As a World Press Freedom Day tribute to the work of its journalists, RFE/RL honored a few of its colleagues whose reporting is a daily testament to the power of free speech and free media.  Read More
Threats to Press
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 20 months ago. Read More
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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