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Fired Radio Liberty journalist writes about his Holocaust video project

Fired Radio Liberty journalist writes about his Holocaust video project

BBG Watch Commentary In September 2012, the former Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) management team fired some of the best journalists in Russia and missed a chance to do a multimedia project on the meaning of the Holocaust for young people in Russia today. One of those fired was Mumin Shakirov, Moscow-based, award-winning video-journalist....

Is unexplained absence of Broadcasting Board of Governors interim chair due to alleged conflict of interest?

Is unexplained absence of Broadcasting Board of Governors interim chair due to alleged conflict of interest?

BBG Watch Commentary While the remaining members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) have been working hard in recent months on reforming U.S. international broadcasting after recent public criticism of the agency, long and unexplained absence of BBG Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton makes their job difficult and sometimes impossib...

RFE/RL's interim president expected to address Czech Helsinki Committee concerns with new personnel and policy decisions

RFE/RL's interim president expected to address Czech Helsinki Committee concerns with new personnel and policy decisions

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned that newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president Kevin Klose plans to announce soon personnel and policy decisions designed to address concerns raised by human rights groups, including the Czech Helsinki Committee and the Moscow Helsinki Watch group, which have sharply critici...

CUSIB calls for protecting vulnerable groups of BBG employees and for more funding for U.S. international broadcasting

CUSIB calls for protecting vulnerable groups of BBG employees and for more funding for U.S. international broadcasting

In a press release issued today, the independent Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) called for protecting the most vulnerable groups of BBG employees, including Voice of America contractors, from any negative impact of sequestration.  CUSIB also called for more funding for U.S. international broadcasting as...

Will IBB make exploited and powerless VOA contract employees pay the price of sequestration?

Will IBB make exploited and powerless VOA contract employees pay the price of sequestration?

BBG Watch Commentary At the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting last week, Governor Michael Meehan announced that BBG Board members have instructed the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) senior executive staff to minimize any impact of sequestration on Agency employees, especially with regard to any BBG employee furloughs. Governor M...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – IBB: The Babble-Rama

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – IBB: The Babble-Rama

BBG Watch Commentary Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - IBB: The Babble-Rama by The Federalist   Before we get to the “main event,” some - Breaking News! A couple of weeks ago, the agency announced a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Guess what? Gone!  Not even the shortest tenure in that position in the a...

Vitaly Portnikov at Radio Liberty 60th anniversary event in Moscow voices support for fired journalists

Vitaly Portnikov at Radio Liberty 60th anniversary event in Moscow voices support for fired journalists

The 60th anniversary event was organized in Moscow on March 1 by Radio Liberty in Exile, a group of fired Radio Liberty journalists and their supporters. Vitali Portnikov is one of Ukraine’s most famous independent journalists. Vitaly Portnikov, is the president of TVi (Ukrainian: ТВі) which is now Ukraine’s only independent TV channel....

Sergei Kovalyov at Radio Liberty 60th anniversary event in Moscow

Sergei Kovalyov at Radio Liberty 60th anniversary event in Moscow

The gathering in Moscow on March 1 was organized by Radio Liberty in Exile, a group of fired Radio Liberty journalists and their supporters. Sergei Kovalyov a Russian human rights activist and politician and a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner. The video is in Russian. Выступление Сергея Ковалева на встрече друзей Радио Свобода “...

RFE/RL Acting President Kevin Klose Marks 60 Years Of Radio Liberty

RFE/RL Acting President Kevin Klose Marks 60 Years Of Radio Liberty

On March 1, 1953, Radio Liberty (then called Radio Liberation) began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union. On the 60th anniversary of that first broadcast, RFE/RL Acting President Kevin Klose offered a message to the Russian Service, saying it remains an important source of accurate, independent news. Print PDFby

60 Years of Radio Liberty (Svoboda): Coverage as Exercise in Propaganda

60 Years of Radio Liberty (Svoboda): Coverage as Exercise in Propaganda

Commentary by Leon   60 Years of Radio Liberty (Svoboda): Coverage as Exercise in Propaganda   By Leon (pen-name of RFE/RL insider)   Imagine: You are an alien who visited Earth on March 1, 2013 and landed in Washington, DC, at 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, 4th Floor, where neatly dressed people talked of some Radio Liberty’s first broadc...

What would George Orwell say about journalism at Radio Liberty?

What would George Orwell say about journalism at Radio Liberty?

BBG Watch Commentary “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.” – attributed to George Orwell “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising.” – William Randolph Hearst George Orwell died in 1950 and the U.S.-funded Radio Liberation&...

Radio Liberty is joined by Lyudmila Alexeeva to celebrate 60 years of defending free speech

Radio Liberty is joined by Lyudmila Alexeeva to celebrate 60 years of defending free speech

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has posted videos of the Radio Liberty 60th anniversary event held Friday at the RFE/RL headquarters in Washington. The main guest was legendary Russian human rights activist and current supporter of fired Radio Liberty journalists Lyudmila Alexeeva, who has been nominated by Senator Ben...

Lev Roitman calls on Kevin Klose to act on restoring rights of RFE/RL employees

Lev Roitman calls on Kevin Klose to act on restoring rights of RFE/RL employees

Commentary by Lev Roitman Former senior commentator at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Lev Roitman, who retired from the Russian Service after more than 30 years of service in New York, Munich and Prague, called on interim RFE/RL president Kevin Klose to start making decisions on removal of failed managers, returning fired journalists to w...

Ivan Tolstoy praises solidarity of Radio Liberty journalists who resigned in protest

Ivan Tolstoy praises solidarity of Radio Liberty journalists who resigned in protest

Ivan Tolstoy, who still works at Radio Liberty in Prague, spoke at the gathering organized on March 1 in Moscow by Radio Liberty in Exile about solidarity of those Radio Liberty journalists who resigned in protest against the mass firing of their colleagues. He also mentioned Mario Corti in Italy and Ted Lipien in the United States among those who ...

Human rights supporter of fired Radio Liberty journalists Lyudmila Alexeeva visits RFE/RL

Human rights supporter of fired Radio Liberty journalists Lyudmila Alexeeva visits RFE/RL

BBG Watch Commentary One of the strongest supporters of fired Radio Liberty journalists, Russian human rights leader Lyudmila Alexeeva, visited Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) headquarters in Washington Friday at the invitation of newly-appointed acting president Kevin Klose. In connection with the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberation̵...

Former Russian Service director Mario Corti calls Radio Liberty in Exile only remaining agent of station's mission in Russia

Former Russian Service director Mario Corti calls Radio Liberty in Exile only remaining agent of station's mission in Russia

At a gathering in Moscow of Russian journalists, intellectuals, artists, human rights leaders and politicians to mark the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty, dismissed Radio Liberty political reporter Mikhail Sokolov introduced a video message to Radio Liberty in Exile from former Russian Service director Mario Corti. Corti said that the renunciatio...

Message from IBB Deputy Director Trimble to Radio Liberty in Exile read at 60th anniversary in Moscow

Message from IBB Deputy Director Trimble to Radio Liberty in Exile read at 60th anniversary in Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary At a gathering in Moscow of Russian journalists, intellectuals, artists, human rights leaders and politicians to mark the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty, dismissed Radio Liberty political reporter Mikhail Sokolov read a short message from the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Deputy Director Jeff Trimble who had previo...

"Die Hard" – Radio Liberty at 60

"Die Hard" – Radio Liberty at 60

Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper set up by former President Mikhail Gorbachev with the money from his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, published an article by fired Radio Liberty talk show host and media observer Elena Rykovtseva, in which she discusses the station’s struggle for saving its human rights mission in Russia as Radio Libert...

Fired Radio Liberty journalist Mikhail Sokolov has no doubts station will return to its former, now abandoned mission

Fired Radio Liberty journalist Mikhail Sokolov has no doubts station will return to its former, now abandoned mission

BBG Watch Commentary Fired Radio Liberty political journalist Mikhail Sokolov believes that the station will return to its former mission in Russia, but he noted that for now the U.S. taxpayer funded media freedom radio has ceased to fulfill its former role of supporting democratic values and opposing authoritarianism. Sokolov made his comments in ...

BBG Governor Ashe issues statement on 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty, apologizes to fired journalists

BBG Governor Ashe issues statement on 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty, apologizes to fired journalists

BBG Watch Commentary In response to an invitation sent by Radio Liberty in Exile to members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to attend or to watch live online a special event being organized in Moscow by fired Radio Liberty journalists and their supporters to mark the 60th anniversary of Russian broadcasting, BBG Governor Victor Ashe is...

Supporters of fired Radio Liberty journalists, Alexeeva and Satter, to speak at anniversary event in DC

Supporters of fired Radio Liberty journalists, Alexeeva and Satter, to speak at anniversary event in DC

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) new acting president Kevin Klose has invited Lyudmila Alexeeva and David Satter to speak at a panel discussion at the RFE/RL office in Washington, DC on March 1 to mark the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty’s first Russian broadcast. Lyudmila Alexeeva is a famous Russian human righ...

RFE/RL president invites famous supporter of fired Radio Liberty journalists to anniversary event

RFE/RL president invites famous supporter of fired Radio Liberty journalists to anniversary event

BBG Watch Commentary Lyudmila Alexeeva’s participation in Radio Liberty anniversary events in Washington and in Moscow may lead to crisis resolution. BBG Watch has learned that newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president Kevin Klose has invited Lyudmila Alexeeva, a famous Russian human rights activist and a leadi...

60 RL: 60 Years Ago, March 1, 1953, Radio "Liberation" began broadcasting

60 RL: 60 Years Ago, March 1, 1953, Radio "Liberation" began broadcasting

Richard H. Cummings, former Director of Security at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), has posted a new, updated article on the history of Radio Liberty, which started its first broadcast in Russian on March 1, 1953. Cummings wrote that because Radio Liberation was only able to use two low-powered 10 KW transmitters purchased from Radio Free...

Radio Free Asia Wins Gracie Award for Story on Child Kidnappings in China

Radio Free Asia Wins Gracie Award for Story on Child Kidnappings in China

BBG Press Release Radio Free Asia Wins Gracie Award Radio Free Asia (RFA) has won a prestigious Gracie Award for its Cantonese language entry “Kidnapped Woman Reunites with Family” in the international contest’s category of outstanding investigative program or feature. The annual Gracie Awards recognize programming created by women and focused on i...

Hillary Clinton's unfinished business and new direction at BBG

Hillary Clinton's unfinished business and new direction at BBG

BBG Watch Commentary Writing about the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Robert Schadler, a senior fellow for Public Diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC, noted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the BBG despite having been a board member in charge of U.S. International broadcasting thr...

Only good duplication between VOA and surrogate broadcasters, Secretary Sonenshine told

Only good duplication between VOA and surrogate broadcasters, Secretary Sonenshine told

BBG Watch Commentary During the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting last Friday, February 22, 2013, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine, who represents Secretary of State John Kerry at BBG meetings, had asked two astute questions: 1. Whether placement of Alhurra programs on an Egyptian TV chann...

Video of RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose speaking at BBG meeting

Video of RFE/RL acting president Kevin Klose speaking at BBG meeting

BBG Watch Commentary Newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty acting president Kevin Klose spoke last Friday, February 22, 2013, at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) open meeting in Washington, DC. He was introduced by Presiding Governor and RFE/RL Board Chair Dennis Mulhaupt who welcomed Klose and thanked BBG Governor and RFE/RL Boa...

BBG's Victor Ashe Welcomes Kevin Klose, Notes 60 Years of Radio Liberty

BBG's Victor Ashe Welcomes Kevin Klose, Notes 60 Years of Radio Liberty

At the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting in Washington, DC on February 22, 2013, BBG Governor, Ambassador Victor Ashe, welcomed newly-appointed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Kevin Klose and noted the 60th anniversary of Radio Liberty. BBG GOVERNOR, AMBASSADOR VICTOR ASHE: “Mr. Chairman, let me just echo what you’v...

Video of CUSIB's Ann Noonan at BBG meeting defending fired Radio Liberty journalists

Video of CUSIB's Ann Noonan at BBG meeting defending fired Radio Liberty journalists

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has released a video of CUSIB Executive Director Ann Noonan who spoke last Friday at the open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Washington, DC. Noonan made a short statement as a member of the public, in which she praised the BBG for addressing the Rad...

US stands to lose ability to connect with citizens in closed societies if bureaucrats have their way

US stands to lose ability to connect with citizens in closed societies if bureaucrats have their way

BBG Watch Commentary The Washington bureaucrats in charge of U.S. international broadcasting (USIB) have not increased their audience in the Middle East or globally since 2008 despite getting larger budgets each year to accomplish their mission of informing the world about America and countering censorship in closed societies — a critical US ...

RL 60: RFE/RL has not announced plans for Radio Liberty's 60th anniversary

RL 60: RFE/RL has not announced plans for Radio Liberty's 60th anniversary

BBG Watch Commentary In contrast with the 60th anniversary of Radio Free Europe, for which Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) held several big events in 2010 during the RFE/RL presidency of Jeffrey Gedmin, the U.S. taxpayer-funded surrogate media freedom broadcaster has not yet announced any plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Radio ...

60 RL: The Radio Station Known as Radio Liberty

60 RL: The Radio Station Known as Radio Liberty

  BBG Watch is posting under its “60 RL” series historical and current news to commemorate the 60 anniversary of Radio Liberty, which falls on March 1. While the current crisis at Radio Liberty has not yet been resolved, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has appointed distinguished journalist Kevin Klose to lead Radio Free Europe...

60 RL:  Former RFE/RL News Director Terry Willey comments on dismissal of Radio Liberty journalists

60 RL: Former RFE/RL News Director Terry Willey comments on dismissal of Radio Liberty journalists

BBG Watch is posting under its “60 RL” series historical and current news to commemorate the 60 anniversary of Radio Liberty, which falls on March 1. While the current crisis at Radio Liberty has not yet been resolved, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has appointed distinguished journalist Kevin Klose to lead Radio Free Europe/Radio ...

60 RL: Radio Liberty in Exile posts first Radio Liberty interview with Gorbachev to mark station's 60th anniversary

60 RL: Radio Liberty in Exile posts first Radio Liberty interview with Gorbachev to mark station's 60th anniversary

BBG Watch Commentary Even though they are not the official Radio Liberty, Radio Liberty in Exile was the first to post on the web materials marking the station’s 60th anniversary. Many in Russia see fired journalists who last September formed Radio Liberty in Exile as the real Radio Liberty upholding the traditions of the station and refer de...

Outstanding RFE/RL video journalism showcased at BBG meeting

Outstanding RFE/RL video journalism showcased at BBG meeting

During today’s open meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty  (RFE/RL) acting president  Kevin Klose showcased a video journalism report from Afghanistan that impressed BBG members, sources told BBG Watch. Kevin Klose, who recently assumed his position as acting president, promised to ret...

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