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Mikhail Sokolov – fired Radio Liberty journalist disliked by Putin and RFE/RL president Korn

Mikhail Sokolov – fired Radio Liberty journalist disliked by Putin and RFE/RL president Korn

In his remarks to his senior staffers, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn made dismissive comments about Lyudmila Alexeeva and other Russian human rights and democratic opposition leaders who had confronted him earlier at a roundtable discussion in Moscow. But Mr. Korn also had critical comments about one the best politi...

Radio Liberty in Exile Russian journalists appeal in a video to U.S. Congress for help

Radio Liberty in Exile Russian journalists appeal in a video to U.S. Congress for help

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Liberty in Exile responds to RFE/RL President Steven Korn’s dismissive comments about Russian opposition leaders by appealing to U.S. Congress for help. Radio Liberty in Exile, a group of Russian journalists fired in September by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) management and their colleagues who had resign...

EuroNews – Radio Liberty ends Russia broadcasts

EuroNews – Radio Liberty ends Russia broadcasts

EuroNews reported on the ending of Radio Liberty Russian broadcasts on a medium wave frequency in Moscow on November 10. Radio Liberty continues to broadcast to Russia on shortwave, but after the firing by RFE/RL’s American management of dozens of journalists these broadcasts now consists largely of repeats and replaying of old radio shows. N...

Research from Putin's pollster in Chechnya used to silence Radio Liberty, former RL journalist reports

Research from Putin's pollster in Chechnya used to silence Radio Liberty, former RL journalist reports

A former Radio Liberty investigative reporter Anastasia Kirilenko wrote in her blog that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn used research by the Kremlin’s controversial pollster to justify firing dozens of Radio Liberty journalists and silencing of their human rights programs. Kirilenko also reported that the polls...

Radio Liberty in Exile posts RFE/RL president Steven Korn's dismissive comments about Russian opposition leaders

Radio Liberty in Exile posts RFE/RL president Steven Korn's dismissive comments about Russian opposition leaders

BBG Watch Commentary Enterprising Radio Liberty in Exile journalists have obtained an audio file of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn’s dismissive remarks about Russian human rights and opposition leaders, including Lyudmila Alexeeva (Lyudmila Alexeyeva), the head of the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group. Korn made thes...

Former Radio Liberty broadcaster calls on Secretary Clinton to confront damage to U.S. public diplomacy caused by BBG and RFE/RL officials

Former Radio Liberty broadcaster calls on Secretary Clinton to confront damage to U.S. public diplomacy caused by BBG and RFE/RL officials

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 U.S.A.   November 9, 2012   Dear Mrs. Secretary,   On July 4, 1996, while visiting Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague as the First Lady, you called for “an alliance of democratic values” in a globalized world. Your speech, as yo...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting in a state of general failure

Broadcasting Board of Governors – agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting in a state of general failure

BOTTOM OF THE BARREL Commentary by Quo Vadis The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey this year has again demonstrated for all to see why the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) is one of the very worst places to work in the federal government. Once again, it looks as if the Broadcasting Board of Governors and ...

BBG has work to do, union says

BBG has work to do, union says

Reposted from the AFGE Local 1812 website. Work To Do We thought we would sift through the initial results of the OPM Employee Viewpoint Survey to identify some of the key areas that need to be corrected. We made a list of all those questions in which the response rate was less than 50% positive. Agency management claims that it is eager to work wi...

Business as usual at BBG, union says

Business as usual at BBG, union says

Reposted from the AFGE Local 1812 website. Business As Usual For those AFGE Local 1812 Local members who had already left the Cohen Building this past Friday, or did not look at their e-mail in the late afternoon this November 2nd, we invite you to do so. At 3:15 p.m. the Agency sent a notice to the staff concerning the results of the latest 2012 F...

Stratfor analyzes silencing of Radio Liberty

Stratfor analyzes silencing of Radio Liberty

Stratfor, a subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis, published a article on the Kremlin’s crackdown on independent media and political opposition in Russia, citing the silencing of Radio Liberty as one example. Stratfor reports that opposition leader Vladimir Ryzhkov called the silencing of Radio Svoboda (Radio Liberty) a “...

Radio Liberty making waves: have no lessons from the past been learnt?

Radio Liberty making waves: have no lessons from the past been learnt?

This article by fired Radio Liberty human rights reporter Kristina Gorelik is reposted with permission from the openDemocracy online journal. Read the original here. Radio Liberty making waves: have no lessons from the past been learnt? by Kristina Gorelik The imminent withdrawal of Radio Liberty from medium wave broadcasting has dented the image o...

BBG Governors refuse to work, may cancel November meeting, leave incompetent executives in charge

BBG Governors refuse to work, may cancel November meeting, leave incompetent executives in charge

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that two Broadcasting Board of Governors members, interim presiding governor Michael Lynton and Governor Dennis Mulhaupt, as well as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine (not a BBG member but representing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) have advised the B...

Democratic and Republican Congressmen are concerned with BBG's practice of replacing federal employees with contractors

Democratic and Republican Congressmen are concerned with BBG's practice of replacing federal employees with contractors

Two U.S. Congressmen from North Carolina, Democrat G.K. Butterfield and Republican Walter B. Jones, have written a letter to Richard Lobo, director of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) — the executive and administrative arm of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) — expressing concerns about the BBG/IBB practice of replaci...

Will Brutally Fired Radio Liberty Journalists See Generous, Compassionate, Tolerant  America?

Will Brutally Fired Radio Liberty Journalists See Generous, Compassionate, Tolerant America?

BBG Watch Commentary Will the board members and top executives of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) learn anything from President Obama’s victory speech? There is no other federal agency in which the President’s words: “Generous,” “Compassionate,” and “Tolerant” mean less to top agency officia...

London Times – Voice of liberty falls silent after 60 years

London Times – Voice of liberty falls silent after 60 years

A today’s report by Michael Binyon in The Times of London states that the abrupt firing of dozens of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow has provoked a furious reaction in Russia with human rights leaders accusing President Obama to capitulating to pressure from the Kremlin. Link to Voice of liberty falls silent after 60 years by Michael Biny...

OpenDemocracy republishes BBG Watch commentary by former Radio Liberty journalist

OpenDemocracy republishes BBG Watch commentary by former Radio Liberty journalist

Online UK-based openDemocracy journal republished a BBG Watch article by Anastasia Kirilenko “The Death of Radio Liberty.” “US-funded Radio Liberty started broadcasting to the USSR in 1953. Now Russia’s new media law has led to the mass firing of the station’s journalists and the appointment of a new editor, Masha Gessen. But she’...

Lyudmila Alexeeva responds to RFE/RL President Korn – Video with English subtitles

Lyudmila Alexeeva responds to RFE/RL President Korn – Video with English subtitles

Leading Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva responds to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn’s decision to fire dozens of Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) journalists, plus Internet and social media specialists, and to cancel their programs focusing on social, political, and human rights issues in Russia. Th...

U.S. Still Needs Radio for Public Diplomacy in the Internet Age – WPR

U.S. Still Needs Radio for Public Diplomacy in the Internet Age – WPR

Tom Woods, World Politics Review analyst, wrote that during the last presidential debate, which was focused on foreign policy, Republican nominee Mitt Romney “missed an opportunity to criticize one aspect of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy that has gone largely unnoticed: the shift away from U.S. international radio broadcasting in fa...

Radio Liberty-in-Exile posts YouTube video of Lyudmila Alexeeva confronting RFE/RL president Steven Korn

Radio Liberty-in-Exile posts YouTube video of Lyudmila Alexeeva confronting RFE/RL president Steven Korn

Almost the complete transcript of Lyudmila Alexeeva’s statement can be found in this earlier BBG Watch report: Human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva stopped cooperating with Radio Liberty, accused RFE/RL president Korn of mistreating journalists BBG Watch Commentary Famous Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva (also spelled Alexey...

RFE/RL censors comments critical of its top management

RFE/RL censors comments critical of its top management

This report was prepared for BBG Watch by a retired RFE/RL senior Russian Service editor. UPDATE: After the publication of this BBG Watch report, the censored parts of the video were restored. A source in Moscow informed the author that the new management of the RFE/RL Moscow bureau tries to explain the whole debacle as a purely technical mishap (с...

One of the worst-managed federal agencies, BBG, has become even worse

One of the worst-managed federal agencies, BBG, has become even worse

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has received even lower scores in the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), than it did in previous years, when it already found itself at the very bottom. One of the worst-managed federal agencies has become even worse. One might...

A New Plan for New Radio Liberty

A New Plan for New Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary A New Plan for New Radio Liberty by Lev Roitman, RFE/RL Senior Commentator (1974-2004) We don’t know where we go to but will come there first. True to that German saying, Masha Gessen, recently appointed as the Russian Service Director of  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, known in Russia as Radio Svoboda, has brought to th...

Former Radio Liberty chief editor calls on RFE/RL president Korn to resign, offers a taste of British humor

Former Radio Liberty chief editor calls on RFE/RL president Korn to resign, offers a taste of British humor

BBG Watch Commentary Leonid Finkelstein is a writer and a former international broadcaster. While still a student in Stalin’s Russia, he served five and a half years in prison and labor camps on a trumped-up charge. Released and pronounced not guilty after the death of Stalin, he became a science writer and then a Moscow magazine editor. He l...

Why I Left Radio Liberty

Why I Left Radio Liberty

Why I Left Radio Liberty by Anastasia Kirilenko I am a 28-year-old Russian web editor and investigative radio reporter who studied digital media journalism in Russia and in France. I have submitted my resignation to the new management of the American-funded Radio Liberty in Moscow after working there for almost four years. I could not in good consc...

Digital investment wasted by incompetence and strategic blunders

Digital investment wasted by incompetence and strategic blunders

Digital investment in Radio Liberty wasted by incompetence and strategic blunders A commentary by Ivan Trefilov, former Radio Liberty economic analyst At the request of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) has allocated in 2012 a significant amount of money for improving Radio Lib...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – The Gifting Continues – BBG Press Releases October 2012

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – The Gifting Continues – BBG Press Releases October 2012

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – The Gifting Continues – BBG Press Releases October 2012 by The Federalist We offer commentary on Broadcasting Board of Governors/International Broadcasting Bureau (BBG/IBB) press releases in October 2012: “In Indonesia, TV Still Rules, But Mobile, Internet Are On The Rise (O...

Human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva stopped cooperating with Radio Liberty, accused RFE/RL president Korn of mistreating journalists

Human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva stopped cooperating with Radio Liberty, accused RFE/RL president Korn of mistreating journalists

BBG Watch Commentary Famous Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva (also spelled Alexeyeva), whose programs on Radio Liberty have been broadcast every week since 1977, has stopped freelancing for the American-funded station after dozens of its journalists in Moscow were fired last month on orders of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)...

Radio Liberty-in-Exile appeals to Obama and Romney for help, former Reagan campaign official adds his support

Radio Liberty-in-Exile appeals to Obama and Romney for help, former Reagan campaign official adds his support

The Radio Liberty-in-Exile group of fired journalists and those who resigned in protest against actions of the American management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has appealed to both President Obama and the Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney to save their jobs and programs in Russia. One of the Radio Liberty-in-Exile leader...

BBG Strategy and Budget Committee to discuss Radio Liberty in Russia

BBG Strategy and Budget Committee to discuss Radio Liberty in Russia

According to an officials announcement on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) website, the BBG Strategy and Budget Committee will meet in a closed session on Thursday to discuss various topics, including Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s position in Russia after RFE/RL president Steven Korn was widely criticized by independent Russian p...

Human rights activist Pavel Litvinov calls for bringing back fired Radio Liberty journalists

Human rights activist Pavel Litvinov calls for bringing back fired Radio Liberty journalists

During a panel discussion in Moscow on Monday, Russian writer, human rights activist and former Soviet-era political prisoner Pavel Litvinov called on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) president Steven Korn to bring back all Radio Liberty Russian Service journalists who were fired last month. Speaking on behalf of other Russian human rights ...

Radio Liberty-in-Exile protest in Moscow

Radio Liberty-in-Exile protest in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steve Korn took a condescending approach toward Mikhail Sokholov, one of the best political reporters in Russia who was fired, while Masha Gessen took a similarly condescending approach toward Lyudmila Alexeeva, the famous elderly human rights leader. Julia Ragona responded in a similar...

Radio Liberty-in-Exile protest in Moscow planned for Monday

Radio Liberty-in-Exile protest in Moscow planned for Monday

BBG Watch – www.bbgwatch.com Commentary Radio Liberty-in-Exile group of fired Radio Liberty journalists is planning a protest in Moscow during a panel discussion on Monday by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steven Korn, his deputy Julia Ragona and their new Russian Service director Masha Gessen. View larger image of captured Radio L...

Was damage to Radio Liberty intentional?

Was damage to Radio Liberty intentional?

This BBG Watch Commentary was written by an anonymous employee. How long until the Governors at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) realize the damage that has been done by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) management and the staff at the BBG and its International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)? It is a good question, but not the one I woul...

Fired Radio Liberty journalists invite RFE/RL president Korn to meet with them in Moscow, plan protest events

Fired Radio Liberty journalists invite RFE/RL president Korn to meet with them in Moscow, plan protest events

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Liberty-in-Exile group (Radio Svoboda-in-Exile) is planning a number of events and protests to coincide with the announced visit to Moscow Monday of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steven Korn and his deputy Julia Ragona. Executives in charge of the U.S. taxpayer-funded broadcaster are responsible for firing doz...

Radio Liberty in Exile getting ready for a big fight with RFE/RL executives Korn and Ragona

Radio Liberty in Exile getting ready for a big fight with RFE/RL executives Korn and Ragona

BBG Watch Commentary Dozens of former Radio Liberty journalists fired by American managers who used guards and other coercive measures are getting ready to confront Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steven Korn and his deputy Julia Ragona during their planned visit to Moscow early next week. Journalists formed a group, Radio Liberty-in-Exil...

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