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

June 2014
Comprehensive Coverage
BBG Networks Provide Election Coverage in Ukraine
As Ukrainians went to the polls on May 25, the networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors provided comprehensive coverage before, during and after Election Day.  Read More
Alhurra and Radio Sawa Bring the Egyptian Election to Audiences Across the Middle East

From May 26 to 28 Egyptians cast their ballots in a presidential election, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks' Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa provided extensive, multi-platform coverage over the course of several days surrounding the voting.  


Tiananmen Square Eyewitnesses Open Up to VOA Ahead of 25th Anniversary

Two survivors of the Tiananmen Square protests broke their 25-year silence on May 30, on an emotional edition of the Voice of America Mandarin Service's weekly Pro & Con TV program. Read More
RFA Editor Remembers Tiananmen
RFA's executive editor, Dan Southerland, was the Washington Post Beijing bureau chief from 1985 to 1990 and remembers covering the Tiananmen Square massacre. In this Washington Post TV interview he explains what led up to the protests, and in an op-ed on May 30, he honors those who are working to make sure the event is not censored out of collective memory.
Special Visitors
Undersecretary Stengel Visits RFE/RL Kyiv Bureau
U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel visited the journalists and staff at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Kyiv Bureau during his trip to the region. Stengel traveled to Ukraine, Latvia and Belgium to encourage greater regional support for Ukraine's May 25 elections. Read More
Afghan Women Journalists Visit the BBG
Leading Afghan women journalists who are participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitors Program visited the BBG on May 16.  Read More 
Interviews of Note
Exclusive Interview With Nigerian Policeman Shows Corruption
In an exclusive interview with a VOA Hausa reporter, a Nigerian policeman in the Mobile Police Squad assigned to fight terrorism in the country said that corruption hampers the fight against Boko Haram.
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Representative Boustany Discusses U.S. Aid to Egypt
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) spoke with Alhurra Television's congressional correspondent Rana Abtar about U.S. assistance to Egypt ahead of the presidential election. Rep. Boustany said he believes the U.S. should continue to provide assistance to Egypt. Read More
Alhurra TV Interviews Senator Corker and Opposition Leader al-Jarba on Syria Crisis
Alhurra television interviewed Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Syrian opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba after their May 7 meeting on Capitol Hill, during which al-Jarba appealed for more and better weapons to defeat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Read More
BBG News and Updates
BBG Signs Agreement to Provide Live VOA News in Nigeria

On May 16, the BBG announced an agreement with Channels Television, one of the 13 independent Nigerian TV stations. For the first time, Voice of America correspondents will report on events as they happen from around the world for the Channels evening newscasts. Read More 

VOA Programming is Now Available in U.S. by Mobile Phone
The Voice of America has signed a new agreement with the leading digital call-to-listen platform, AudioNow, to provide VOA programming inside the United States. The agreement expands an on-going relationship between VOA and AudioNow, which already distributes programming from VOA in 34 languages by phone. Read More
Governor Weinstein Visits Chad 
During visits with journalists, students and government officials in Ndjamena, Chad, BBG Board member Kenneth Weinstein emphasized the key role that media freedom plays in a democracy.  Weinstein's May 4-5 trip coincided with the launch of a new BBG FM station in the capital and World Press Freedom Day. Read More  
Susan McCue Steps Down From the Board
On May 22 BBG Board member Susan McCue informed the White House and her colleagues that she was leaving the Broadcasting Board of Governors, effective immediately, as she begins her service on the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Read More
In This Issue
BBG Research Series: Newsgathering and Policy Perceptions in Ukraine

Join the BBG and Gallup on June 3 at 2:00 pm for a research briefing on media use in Ukraine. The briefing will share data from research conducted April 21-29, 2014 on media usage, a methodological overview and a review of attitudinal data on government and foreign policy in Ukraine and Crimea.  Read more and register
BBG Research Series: Media Consumption in Nigeria
At the May 15 BBG Research Series briefing, researchers from BBG and Gallup presented new findings on media consumption in Nigeria. While a vast divide remains between "media rich" and "media poor" Nigerians, household mobile ownership has surpassed that of radio and TV in Nigeria, and the use of Internet is trending upward. Read More
BBG Networks Among Finalists in New York Festivals
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Finalists for the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Competition have been announced, and four networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors are among the honorees. Read More
Alhurra's Street Pulse Wins CINE Special Jury Award
Cameraman wearing a face mask films in dusty setting
Alhurra Television's Street Pulse was honored in the "Televised News Division-Investigative Reporting" category for its gripping episode addressing the dangers of working in the Egyptian quarries located in El Minya. Read More
Threats to Press
Amid Thai Coup, VOA Expands Programming  
VOA responded to the Thai military's suspension of radio and television broadcasts by expanding its programming on satellite and digital media, adding two new time slots to its news program, Hotline News.Read More
RFE/RL and VOA Affiliate Stations Forced Off the Air in Ukriane
Television and radio stations in eastern Ukraine carrying programming of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America were forced off the air on May 12, depriving audiences of popular sources of unbiased news and information. Read More
RFE/RL Reporter Detained in Kazakhstan
RFE/RL correspondent Orken Zhoyamergen was arrested and found guilty of minor hooliganism on May 27. Zhoyamergen was one of three journalists detained while covering a protest in Astana. Read More 
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 21 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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