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Czech Helsinki Committee protests Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty management practices, Russian opposition is drafting another protest

Czech Helsinki Committee protests Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty management practices, Russian opposition is drafting another protest

A premier human rights organization in the Czech Republic, The Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) has published another protest against management and personnel practices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and its U.S. government parent agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors. PDF File of the CHC Letter In its latest protest, addressed to ...

Dismissed Radio Liberty Moscow Journalists Sent Their Appeal to U.S. Administration, Congress, and Mitt Romney

Dismissed Radio Liberty Moscow Journalists Sent Their Appeal to U.S. Administration, Congress, and Mitt Romney

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that a committee of 35 journalists and other staffers out of about 40 Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) Moscow bureau employees who were fired by the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in a secretly-planned two-day operation, conducted with the help of an international law firm and specially-hired g...

Director and staff of Russia's independent social research institute Levada Center protest firings of journalists at Radio Liberty

Director and staff of Russia's independent social research institute Levada Center protest firings of journalists at Radio Liberty

A letter to the Broadcasting Board of Governors sent by Lev Gudkov, renown Russian sociologist and director the highly respected independent research institute in Russia, Levada Center, protests the firing of journalists at the Moscow bureau of Radio Liberty and the cancellation of a program devoted to reporting on social research in Russia. The Le...

Renown Russian-American scholar Vladimir Shlapentokh protests mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

Renown Russian-American scholar Vladimir Shlapentokh protests mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch Commentary Renown Russian-American sociologist and Michigan State University professor Vladimir Shlapentokh, who launched objective social polling in the Soviet Union, emigrated to the United States and later studied world attitudes toward the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11, has written a letter to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)...

Renowned Russian-American scholar Vladimir Shlapentokh protests mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

Renowned Russian-American scholar Vladimir Shlapentokh protests mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch Commentary Renowned Russian-American sociologist and Michigan State University professor Vladimir Shlapentokh, who launched objective social polling in the Soviet Union, emigrated to the United States and later studied world attitudes toward the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11, has written a letter to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BB...

'Special operation' at Radio Liberty Moscow – Part Two

'Special operation' at Radio Liberty Moscow – Part Two

“I remember guards at our beloved RFE/RL Moscow editorial office and frozen eyes of bureaucrats saying ‘Thank you, we no longer need your service. Here is your compensation, hope you are satisfied.’” The following excerpts are from the letters to members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) from Radio Liberty Moscow ...

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost: Iran

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost: Iran

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost: Iran by The Federalist They’re at it again. The gift that keeps on giving. The Broadcasting Board of Governors/International Broadcasting Bureau (BBG/IBB) is whining about effective countermeasures by the Iranian government, blocking its programming going into Iran. And the Iranians are doing it...

'Special operation' at Radio Liberty in Moscow

'Special operation' at Radio Liberty in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary It is being described as the Korn-Ragona special operation. Some were called at home early in the morning by a receptionist. Others found out something was wrong when they reported for work at the Radio Liberty bureau in Moscow. Newly hired guards stopped them. They were told to go to the Moscow law office of DLA Piper which do...

'Special operation' at Radio Liberty in Moscow, Part One

'Special operation' at Radio Liberty in Moscow, Part One

BBG Watch Commentary Also read: ‘Special operation’ at Radio Liberty Moscow, Part Two It is being described as the Korn-Ragona special operation. Some were called at home early in the morning by a receptionist. Others found out something was wrong when they reported for work at the Radio Liberty bureau in Moscow. Newly hired guards stop...

Mikhail Gorbachev’s statement on Radio Liberty and mass dismissal of RL journalists

Mikhail Gorbachev’s statement on Radio Liberty and mass dismissal of RL journalists

Statement by Mikhail Gorbachev (English Translation) Glasnost is threatened in Russia and other countries. Journalists and press are being increasingly attacked.
 Glasnost helped break the resistance of conservative reactionary top bureaucracy, when its representatives attempted to turn back Russia’s development. Today, when people openly show thei...

Former Radio Liberty Russian Service director Mario Corti – RFE/RL management turns radio listeners and visitors to its website in Russia into anti-Americans

Former Radio Liberty Russian Service director Mario Corti – RFE/RL management turns radio listeners and visitors to its website in Russia into anti-Americans

  Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty Management Turns Radio Listeners and Visitors To Its Website in Russia Into Anti-Americans by former Radio Liberty Russian Service director Mario Corti   After I was forced to leave Radio Free Europe  and Radio Liberty and my position as the director of the Russian Service  several years ago...

Fired Radio Liberty Moscow employees included famous journalists and digital media experts

Fired Radio Liberty Moscow employees included famous journalists and digital media experts

BBG Watch Commentary The new director of the Radio Liberty Russian Service, Russian American journalist, writer and gay rights advocate Masha Gessen, claims that she had nothing to do with firing of almost the entire staff of the Radio Liberty Moscow bureau. She has also accused one former Radio Liberty contributor and the fired editor-in-chief of ...

Breaking News – Gorbachev, other Russian opposition leaders defend fired Radio Liberty journalists, criticize U.S. management and Obama administration

Breaking News – Gorbachev, other Russian opposition leaders defend fired Radio Liberty journalists, criticize U.S. management and Obama administration

BBG Watch Commentary Former Soviet President and author of glasnost and perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev, was surprised by the decision of the American managers of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to dismiss virtually all journalists of the Russian Service of Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda), the Interfax news agency reported. Those dismisse...

Reset at Radio Liberty  Russia – Never Attribute To Malice That Which Is Adequately Explained By Stupidity

Reset at Radio Liberty Russia – Never Attribute To Malice That Which Is Adequately Explained By Stupidity

BBG Watch Guest Commentary by Lev Roitman Reset at Radio Liberty Russia – Never Attribute To Malice That Which Is Adequately Explained By Stupidity In the realm of Russian Internet popularly called Runet, political correctness, civility, and even simple politeness are commodities in a short supply. I will not therefore mention even the most i...

CUSIB condemns firings of journalists at Radio Liberty, welcomes Ethan Gutmann to Advisory Board

CUSIB condemns firings of journalists at Radio Liberty, welcomes Ethan Gutmann to Advisory Board

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – www.cusib.org) has condemned the recent mass firing of Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) Moscow bureau journalists. The independent and nonpartisan NGO, which advocates for expanding free flow of information from the United States to countries without free media, has also welcomed China s...

Broadcasting Board of Governors officials rebuked on illegal firings of employees, likely to waste millions on further appeals

Broadcasting Board of Governors officials rebuked on illegal firings of employees, likely to waste millions on further appeals

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) rejected all of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) exceptions to Arbitrator Suzanne R. Butler’s decision in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) RIF (reduction-in-force) case (http://www.flra.gov/decisions/v66/66-182.html) involving illegal firings of OCB broadcasters. It i...

Once Upon A Time There Was Radio Liberty

Once Upon A Time There Was Radio Liberty

This BBG Watch Guest Commentary was written by an anonymous former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) analyst, journalist and manager. ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS RADIO LIBERTY Once upon a time, the main news program on Soviet TV was called “Vremia” – “Time”. It was a source of inspiration. One of the changes appr...

Human rights leaders in Russia condemn mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

Human rights leaders in Russia condemn mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch Commentary Reports in Russian media say that a letter of protest sent to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Congress, which was signed by Russia’s most famous human rights leaders, condemns the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) for engineering a mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow...

How Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty top brass fired journalists in Moscow and caused a scandal

How Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty top brass fired journalists in Moscow and caused a scandal

BBG Watch Commentary An online openDemocracy.net article, The End of ‘Liberty’ by a former Radio Liberty (RL) Russian Service journalist, Mumin Shakirov, describes how senior managers of the U.S. government-funded radio station engineered the firing of dozens of journalists at the RL Moscow bureau, causing a major scandal in Russia, esp...

East European journalist defends Russian broadcasters fired by Radio Liberty

East European journalist defends Russian broadcasters fired by Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that a Polish journalist, Zygmunt Dzieciolowski, co-editor of Russian coverage for the UK-based openDemocracy NGO website (www.opendemocracy.net), has written to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) protesting the firing of dozens of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow. The English-language Moscow Tim...

Pelosi concerned about proposed merger of BBG's independent broadcasters

Pelosi concerned about proposed merger of BBG's independent broadcasters

BBG Watch has learned that the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D – CA), is concerned that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) plan to merge BBG’s grantee broadcasters — Radio Free Asia (RFA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MB...

RFE/RL President Steven Korn responds to negative media coverage of mass firings at Radio Liberty in Moscow

RFE/RL President Steven Korn responds to negative media coverage of mass firings at Radio Liberty in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Steven Korn has responded to a wave of negative reactions in the Russian media — including liberal outlets like Novaya Gazeta and Ekho Moskvy — to his decision to conduct a mass firing of journalists at the RFE/RL Moscow bureau. Anna Kachkaeva, one of the most pr...

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen will be target of KGB-style pressure campaign

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen will be target of KGB-style pressure campaign

BBG Watch Guest Commentary As the Kremlin orders USAID to pull out of Russia, accusing the U.S. government agency of giving support to anti-Putin groups, and the Russian Parliament tentatively approves a new law expanding the definition of treason, the President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), also a U.S. government-funded operation, h...

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen met with Putin, denies role in mass firing of RL staffers

Newly-selected director of Radio Liberty Russian Service Masha Gessen met with Putin, denies role in mass firing of RL staffers

BBG Watch Commentary As the Kremlin orders USAID to pull out of Russia, accusing the U.S. government agency of giving support to anti-Putin groups, and the Russian Parliament tentatively approves a new law expanding the definition of treason, the President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), also a U.S. government-funded operation, has ann...

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff issues a gag order on Gallup contract, BBG employee union points out

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff issues a gag order on Gallup contract, BBG employee union points out

A commentary has been posted on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) employee union AFGE Local 1812 website which deals with attempts by the BBG senior executive staffers to silence open discussion of the controversial BBG’s up-to-50 million dollar five year contract with the Gallup organization. Broadcasting Board of Governors member Am...

Permanently absent board member Dana Perino to leave Broadcasting Board of Governors but not until the end of the year

Permanently absent board member Dana Perino to leave Broadcasting Board of Governors but not until the end of the year

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has reported frequently that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Republican member Dana Perino has been missing BBG meetings. She has not attended in person the last 10 open BBG meetings and only participated in some BBG discussions by phone. We’ve heard that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), who is responsi...

Broadcasting Board of Governors not quite sure whether Putin restricts media freedom in Russia

Broadcasting Board of Governors not quite sure whether Putin restricts media freedom in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. federal agency in charge of international news programs designed to overcome censorship and strengthen democracy abroad, has posted on its official website the following announcement: BBG Panel: New Russian Laws – Tightening The Noose On Free Speech? Please note the question m...

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit underscores importance of VOA and RFA radio for freedom advocates in oppressed nations

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit underscores importance of VOA and RFA radio for freedom advocates in oppressed nations

BBG Watch Commentary On the occasion of VOA’s 70th anniversary this year, Aung San Suu Kyi said it was like the birthday of a friend, “because the VOA and other broadcasting stations were the friends who kept me company during my long years of house arrest.” And one former Voice of America broadcaster made this comment about Aung San Suu Kyi’...

Broadcasting Board of Governors staffers resist calls from BBG Governors for public discussion and setting date for audit of Gallup contract

Broadcasting Board of Governors staffers resist calls from BBG Governors for public discussion and setting date for audit of Gallup contract

BBG Watch Commentary At the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting last Thursday, September 13, 2012, executive staffers resisted calls from BBG Governors Victor Ashe and Michael Meehan to discuss in public the controversial up-to-50 million dollars audience research contract with the Gallup Organization and to set a specific date for c...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Press Releases and Other Pronouncements

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Press Releases and Other Pronouncements

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Press Releases and Other Pronouncements by The Federalist       Here, we consider the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) press release of Thursday, September 13, 2012 and other pronouncements.   The press release features a photo of Secretary Clinton, Under-...

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff failed to inform board about dropping EEO policy amendment to protect union members

Broadcasting Board of Governors staff failed to inform board about dropping EEO policy amendment to protect union members

BBG Watch Commentary The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) executive staff dropped an amendment protecting union members and union activities from the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement agreed to by presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the Governance Committee of the U.S. federal agency in charge of U.S. internati...

Broadcasting Board of Governors can't do its job in an hour and 15 minutes

Broadcasting Board of Governors can't do its job in an hour and 15 minutes

BBG Watch Commentary During last Thursday’s open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Washington, DC, a senior Republican member Ambassador Victor Ashe criticized the BBG’s staff for bad planning in not allowing board members sufficient time to perform their duties in providing direction and oversight for U.S. interna...

Digital Journal Op-Ed: Former US Diplomat Criticizes Weak Language on Libya Killings

Digital Journal Op-Ed: Former US Diplomat Criticizes Weak Language on Libya Killings

The following Digital Journal op-ed was published by former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director Ted Lipien who serves on the board of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB).   Digital Journal Op-Ed: Former US Diplomat Criticizes Weak Language on Libya Killings by Ted Lipien     Former U.S. Ambassador t...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: The Arab and Muslim World

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost: The Arab and Muslim World

Broadcasting Board of Governors Information War Lost: The Arab and Muslim World A commentary by The Federalist       This is going to be tough, so take your antacid now.   What does it take?   What does it take to understand that this Western media concocted “Arab Spring” is a fantasy?   It is important for the America...

Former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman among potential Republican candidates for BBG

Former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman among potential Republican candidates for BBG

BBG Watch has learned that unconfirmed reports list former U.S. Senator Norman Coleman is one of the potential candidates to fill a vacant Republican position on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). President Obama has already nominated Jeffrey Shell, President of NBCUniversal International, to be one of BBG’s Democratic members and the...

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