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

July 2014
Reaching More People
Radio Sawa Launches FM Broadcast in Mauritania
Crowds sit and watch presentations at an outdoor stage. On June 25, Radio Sawa launched its Mauritania stream bringing objective and relevant news and information, along with a compelling mix of popular Arabic, African and Western music, to the people of Mauritania.  Read More
Audience Reach Doubles in Ukraine 

The audience of U.S. international media (USIM) networks in Ukraine has doubled in the past year, according to newest polling data from a nation wide survey. Read More 

Board Explores Strategy for Engaging Cuban Audiences

The Broadcasting Board of Governors met on June 20 at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting to examine opportunities for the Martís and their impact as Cuba experiments with incremental change while remaining the most isolated country in the Western hemisphere. Read More
VOA Programming Now Available in the 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 new agreement expands an on-going relationship between VOA and AudioNow, which already distributes programming from VOA in 34 languages by phone. Read More
Compelling Coverage
BBG Networks Providing Critical Coverage of Crisis in Iraq
With a violent insurgency creating instability in Iraq, accurate and reliable news is more important than ever. The networks of the BBG are bringing important news and information programming to the region. Read More
BBG Provides New Programs, Comprehensive Coverage in Russian
In addition to a surge in programming in Ukrainian, the networks of the BBG are also providing critical news and information in Russian that cover and create dialogue about the crisis in the region. Two new programs were launched in May, increasing access to accurate information - a difficult-to-find commodity amid Russian dominance of the region's media.   Read More 
BBG Networks Bring World Cup to Global Audiences 

Throughout June and into July, the networks of the BBG are providing a comprehensive slate of coverage across multiple platforms for its worldwide audiences. Read More 

Radio Martí Brings the NBA Finals to Cuba
The 2014 NBA Finals between three-time champions Miami Heat against the four-time champions San Antonio Spurs was one of the most popular rematches in recent NBA history, and Radio Martí brought all the action live to audiences in Cuba. Read More
Interviews of Note
Haitian President Appears on VOA
In his second interview with Voice of America in four months, Haitian President Michel Martelly told VOA Creole on June 27 that he supports the gradual departure of the UN Stabilization Mission in his country, which has been stationed in Haiti since 2004. Read More
Exclusive: Martís Interview Jailed Cuban Writer
In a Martinoticias exclusive, Karen Caballero spoke with jailed Cuban writer and independent blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats, who has been incarcerated in Cuba for 15 months. The interview was conducted on a mobile phone that had been smuggled into the prison where Santiesteban-Prats has been incarcerated since February 2013. Read More
Representative Kaptur Speaks with RFE/RL and VOA
Representative Marcy Kaptur, who chairs the U.S. Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, spoke with the Ukrainian Services of RFE/RL and Voice of America during a trip with Vice President Biden to Kyiv to attend the June 7 inauguration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
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Members of Congress Speak with RFE/RL in Azerbaijan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Azerbaijani Service, Radio Azadliq, conducted separate interviews with U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Ben Cardin and Representative Chris Smith, in Baku this week as members of the U.S. delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), speaking with them about human rights, U.S.-Azerbaijan relations and stability in the region. Read More
Alhurra Interviews Congressman Ruppersberger and Representative Connolly About the Middle East 
On June 12 Alhurra Television interviewed Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-MD) on the intensifying situation in Iraq and how the election of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will affect American-Egyptian relations. 

On June 27 Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) spoke to Alhurra Television about the crisis facing Iraq and Syria during an interview on the Al Youm program. During the interview he discussed his concerns that the fighting in Iraq and Syria could spread to neighboring countries and become a regional conflict. 
Congressman David Price Speaks with VOA Urdu Service
Congressman David Price (D-NC) sat down with the Voice of America's Urdu Service on June 12 to discuss a range of topics including Edward Snowden, the NSA surveillance program, and the Iran nuclear negotiations. Price, who has chaired the House Democracy Partnership, told Café DC host Faiz Rehman, that there is more work to be done helping emerging democracies around the world. Read More
In This Issue
Innovation & Engagement
Radio Sawa Mobile App Launches to Engage Arab Youth   
With the new Radio Sawa mobile app launched on June 30, fans have instant access to streams of breaking news, music, original programing and hourly news updates.
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Fighting Censorship in Uzbekistan, One Entry at a Time
RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, known locally as Radio Ozodlik, is pioneering ways to collect and generate information for audiences eager for knowledge and news. The service has launched the OzodWiki project, a partnership marrying the service's reporting capabilities with the resources of the Uzbek edition of Wikipedia, the online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Read More
Ukraine Political Attitudes Split, Crimeans Turning to Russian Sources For News

At the June 3 BBG Research Series, the agency released new survey results which indicated Ukrainians' political attitudes diverge by region despite the majority of the country turning to only a handful of top TV outlets for news. Read More

Upcoming Event:
Please join us on July 29 for a research briefing on news consumption habits and attitudes in Turkey, along with, for the first time, an in-depth look at the distinctive media consumption habits among Turkey's Kurdish population.  Read more and register
Staff from RFE/RL and VOA Participate in Panel on Russian Propganda
man speaking into microphone Myroslava Gongadze of the Voice of America Ukrainian Service and Nenad Pejic, Editor in Chief and interim manager of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, spoke at a June 2 panel entitled "Responding to Russian Propaganda."  Read More
Radio Sawa and Radio Free Asia Win at the New York Festivals

On June 23 two networks from the BBG were honored for their excellence by the New York Festivals. Radio Sawa won gold for its coverage of the July 2013 clashes between Egyptian President Morsi's supporters and opponents in Egypt's public squares. Radio Free Asia won a bronze medal its exposé on Chinese "birth tourism," "Born in the USA: Instant Citizenship in Saipan."
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 22 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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