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Radio Liberty and other independent journalists in Russia want BBG Governor Ashe to stay

BBG Watch Commentary When former Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) executives fired them without any warning, Ambassador Victor Ashe was initially the only Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member who spoke up publicly in their defense. After numerous …

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Before BBG meeting in Prague, Czech parliamentarian asks PM to protect rights of RFE/RL employees

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_11810" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Snjezana Pelivan, former employee suing RFE/RL in the European Court of Human Rights"][/caption] Shortly before the scheduled meeting of the Broadcasting Board

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Voice of America English website posts a one-sided report on Turkey

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_22667" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="VOA English website screen shot."][/caption] The U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA) English news website has posted Sunday a one-sided and incomplete

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Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional, Defunct and Generally Out of Order – For Every Measure

by The Federalist On Thursday, June 13, 2013 the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) held a “digital innovation expo” which it called “Innovating at

Turkish protesters ask for help to counter media censorship

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_22626" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Image posted on Facebook page of Turkish actor and director Mujdat Gezen."][/caption] An appeal posted on Facebook by pro-democracy protesters in Turkey

Al Jazeera, Russia Today, U.S. International Broadcasting — which will be “A Voice of the Voiceless”?

BBG Watch Commentary Two media articles caught our eye this weekend. "Al Jazeera

VOA and IBB bureacrats fail to notice Voice of America Turkey coverage

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_22585" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Vandalized TV van on Taksim Square with an anti-NTV sign"][/caption] The public relations staff at the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and the

Coward Media

Commentary by Ted Lipien [caption id="attachment_22583" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="Coward Media"][/caption] Istanbul, June 8, 2013. Protest signs on Taksim Square in Istanbul say "Coward Media." The very few acts of

Dissidents and U.S. broadcasting officials honored as champions of free speech

This report is from the independent Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB - CUSIB's Executive Director Ann Noonan has spoken at recent Broadcasting Board

Unaccountable bureaucrats

The union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) federal employees posted a commentary on the agency's unaccountable bureacracy. Most of BBG's top bureaucrats work at the International Broadcasting

U.S. International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy Should Be Bipartisan – Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_11460" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Helle Dale"][/caption] Helle Dale, a Heritage Foundation expert on public diplomacy, wrote that "the news that the White House has sought to

Award-winning Czech filmmaker to do a documentary on discrimination of RFE/RL foreign employees

BBG Watch Commentary Anna Karapetian, a journalist from Armenia fired by RFE/RL without a right to appeal. This report and commentary was sent to BBG Watch from Prague by

The culture of intimidation at IBB

BBG Watch Commentary The union representing Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employees responded to an attack on the union and BBG member Ambassador Victor Ashe posted online by

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times may have led to Michael Lynton’s resignation from BBG

BBG Watch Commentary [caption id="attachment_13087" align="alignleft" width="140" caption="Michael Lynton"][/caption] Since last year, BBG Watch has been reporting on Michael Lynton's absence from BBG meetings, but it may have been

What’s behind resignation of BBG’s Michael Lynton

BBG Watch Commentary The resignation of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton was long overdue. Lynton has been AWOL from engaging in BBG business

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