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BBG Governors McCue and Meehan met in Moscow with Alexeeva and with fired Radio Liberty staffers

BBG Governors McCue and Meehan met in Moscow with Alexeeva and with fired Radio Liberty staffers

(Photo – from left to right) Former (fired) Radio Liberty human rights reporter Kristina Gorelik, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Board of Directors Chairwoman Susan McCue, Radio Liberty Senior Adviser Jefim Fistein, human rights defender Lyudmila Alexeeva, BBG member and RFE/RL Boar...

Union alleges misuse of OIG by International Broadcasting Bureau executives, calls for investigation

Union alleges misuse of OIG by International Broadcasting Bureau executives, calls for investigation

The union representing employees of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) alleges that officials in charge of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) may have tried to influence investigators of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to expand their power, limit the authority of the BBG Board and to smear the reputation of a BBG member who t...

Supporter of press freedom shows photographs of human rights abuse in China

Supporter of press freedom shows photographs of human rights abuse in China

Coinciding with World Press Freedom Day on May 3, a photo exhibit of human rights abuse in China organized by a media freedom supporter, Laogai Research Foundation founder Harry Wu, is currently on display in New York’s Capitol. Harry Wu serves on the Advisory Board of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusig.org...

Winds of change at Radio Liberty Moscow

Winds of change at Radio Liberty Moscow

BBG Watch Commentary Visiting Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) acting president and CEO Kevin Klose met in Moscow at a private party with many of the Radio Liberty Russian Service journalists who were fired by the previous RFE/RL management in September 2012 or resigned in protest. Many of them hope that he will allow them soon to return ...

Radio Free Asia responds to freedom of the press findings with a defense of its unique mission

Radio Free Asia responds to freedom of the press findings with a defense of its unique mission

BBG Watch Commentary A Radio Free Asia (RFA) press release shows how surrogate broadcasting, which International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) top executives believe should be merged into one single program under IBB’s global control, plays an important role in countries without free media that cannot be duplicated by any other government or comm...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Boston, Chechnya, Kazakhstan

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Boston, Chechnya, Kazakhstan

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional, Defunct and Ungovernable - Boston, Chechnya, Kazakhstan by The Federalist     “In reality, the actions of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) executives represent US national insecurity: leaving the United States with no broadcast presence...

Three BBG members to receive Champion of Free Speech Award

Three BBG members to receive Champion of Free Speech Award

BBG Watch Commentary Three members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting, will receive the 2013 Champion of Free Speech Award from the New York Chapter of the Visual Artists Guild. The award will be presented to Victor Ashe, Susan McCue and Michael Meehan at the Annual Tiananme...

Two Broadcasting Board of Governors members will visit Russia, check on Radio Liberty

Two Broadcasting Board of Governors members will visit Russia, check on Radio Liberty

BBG Watch Commentary Two board members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Susan McCue and Michael Meehan, will travel to Russia at the end of the week to assess progress in restoring Radio Liberty’s reputation and effectiveness in the country after the turmoil of the last few months brought about by the firing last September of doz...

Masha Gessen resigns from Radio Liberty in Russia

Masha Gessen resigns from Radio Liberty in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary Controversial director of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Russian Service Masha Gessen has resigned after only seven months on the job. She had been hired in September 2012 by former RFE/RL president Steven Korn who himself was replaced in January 2013 by new acting president Kevin Klose. Her departure may open the w...

Polish TV to air film about Radio Free Europe and its contribution to freedom

Polish TV to air film about Radio Free Europe and its contribution to freedom

Commentary by Ted Lipien Polish Television will air next weekend a five-part documentary film about the Polish Service of Radio Free Europe as a tribute to its message of freedom. Radio Free Europe no longer broadcasts to now free Poland, but the American taxpayer-funded institution is highly valued in the country for helping to sustain the struggl...

Hushing America’s message in terrorism’s redoubt, Washington Times op-ed

Hushing America’s message in terrorism’s redoubt, Washington Times op-ed

In an op-ed in The Washington Times, former Voice of America manager Ted Lipien warns that bureaucratic infighting mustn’t curtail U.S. news and information outreach to Chechnya and other nations where anti-Americanism and jihadist ideology threaten America’s safety. Lipien, who now is a director of the independent Committee for U.S. Internat...

Radio Liberty in Exile fills gap in human rights coverage in Russia

Radio Liberty in Exile fills gap in human rights coverage in Russia

BBG Watch Commentary Fired Radio Liberty journalists are providing multimedia human rights news coverage in Russia that the official Russian Radio Liberty, led by Masha Gessen, is unable or unwilling to deliver. Gessen appears to have been busy lately traveling abroad, receiving awards, promoting her writing, and posting her personal views on her F...

Recording from U.S. broadcasting meeting has unexplained gaps

Recording from U.S. broadcasting meeting has unexplained gaps

BBG Watch Commentary Remember President Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, and the 18½ minute gap in President Nixon White House tapes? Some of us do. International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) Director Richard Lobo had been tasked with ensuring the full recording of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) telephonic board meeting on April 24...

U.S. officials promoting media freedom abroad censor information for American public

U.S. officials promoting media freedom abroad censor information for American public

BBG Watch Commentary The U.S. government’s International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)–the administrative arm of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) media agency for informing and influencing foreign audiences–censors selection of articles for its “Media Highlights” distributed mostly to Americans who pay the salarie...

Rep. Rohrabacher asks for more U.S. broadcasts to Iran and Pakistan

Rep. Rohrabacher asks for more U.S. broadcasts to Iran and Pakistan

BBG Watch Commentary Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has introduced a resolution urging that the Broadcasting Board of Governor (BBG) to start broadcasting by the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Azeri to Iran and Baloch to both Iran and Pakistan. He is...

BBG Governor Victor Ashe said Office of Cuba Broadcasting should ban smoking on its premises due to health and safety issues

BBG Governor Victor Ashe said Office of Cuba Broadcasting should ban smoking on its premises due to health and safety issues

“The recent fire started in the outside smoking area adjacent to the main building. The smoking area has now been moved to the ares in the front next to the guard house. It should be removed all together,” Ashe said.  “It is a serious health issue and also now a safety issue.  We should offer non smoking programs to thos...

Michael Lynton misses another Broadcasting Board of Governors meeting, makes agency ungovernable

Michael Lynton misses another Broadcasting Board of Governors meeting, makes agency ungovernable

BBG Watch Commentary Sources at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) report that BBG’s Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton has missed yet another board meeting, making the agency essentially ungovernable. This is contrary to what the law requires for managing the agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. BBG Watch has al...

Waiting for Godot – BBG members hope AWOL Michael Lynton will participate in board meeting

Waiting for Godot – BBG members hope AWOL Michael Lynton will participate in board meeting

BBG Watch Commentary The mystery continues whether the U.S. international broadcasting agency’s Interim Presiding Governor Michael Lynton will participate in Wednesday’s Broadcasting Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meeting. He has not shown up for any meetings during the last four months, thus bringing important board’s busi...

Russia Talking to Itself – journalists discuss media landscape and Radio Liberty

Russia Talking to Itself – journalists discuss media landscape and Radio Liberty

Kremlin control of the Russian media may not be absolute, though it comes pretty close, and the few independent media have to watch their backs constantly. Aleksey Levinson, Mikhail Sokolov and Zygmunt Dzieciolowski discuss the specifics of the situation in the context of the ever more authoritarian Putin regime. The discussion was originally publi...

Sonenshine to leave public diplomacy post at State, sources told BBG Watch

Sonenshine to leave public diplomacy post at State, sources told BBG Watch

BBG Watch Exclusive News Report and Commentary BBG Watch has learned that the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs will soon be leaving her post at the State Department and her representational role at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. According to...

Fire at Radio and TV Marti in Miami, programs to Cuba continue

Fire at Radio and TV Marti in Miami, programs to Cuba continue

According to reports, a fire broke out outside the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) Radio and TV Marti building in Miami near a designated smoking area. It may have been caused by someone throwing a lighted cigarette into a container located near the Newsroom’s windows which broke from the heat of the blaze. Damage to the Newsroom was caused...

Best expert analysis of Chechnya, Boston, jihadism connection comes from Radio Liberty in Exile

Best expert analysis of Chechnya, Boston, jihadism connection comes from Radio Liberty in Exile

BBG Watch Commentary Fired Radio Liberty Russian journalists delivered some of the best in depth analysis of the links between the Boston bombings, violent jihadism and Chechnya. Known as Radio Liberty in Exile, journalists fired last year by the former management of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) turned to their still employed RFE/RL c...

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional and Defunct  – The FY2014 Budget

Broadcasting Board of Governors – Information War Lost – Dysfunctional and Defunct – The FY2014 Budget

Broadcasting Board of Governors - Information War Lost - Dysfunctional and Defunct  - The FY2014 Budget by The Federalist   On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the White House released its FY2014 budget request. For US Government international broadcasting and the employees who engage in the effort, it is more bad news.  It i...

U.S. – Russia panel on Magnitsky may cover Chechnya, includes critics of Radio Liberty firings

U.S. – Russia panel on Magnitsky may cover Chechnya, includes critics of Radio Liberty firings

BBG Watch Commentary Monday’s, April 22, the Hundson Institue panel in Washington, DC on U.S. – Russia relations, the Magnitsky Act, and the future of the “Reset,” may also turn into an interesting discussion on the war on terror and provide in-depth analysis of Russia’s role in Chechnya in light of the Boston suspects...

Top IBB officials are preventing hiring of an interim executive officer for BBG, undermine national security

Top IBB officials are preventing hiring of an interim executive officer for BBG, undermine national security

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch has learned from several reliable sources that top officials of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) are doing everything possible to delay efforts by members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to hire their own interim executive officer. The person’s job would be to make sure that important boa...

Expert analysis from RFE/RL on Boston bombings and Chechnya enhanced by Radio Liberty in Exile

BBG Watch Commentary Last year, U.S. government bureaucrats in Washington wanted to eliminate Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) radio broadcasts to Chechnya. Today, RFE/RL experts, whose programs were saved thanks to actions by media freedom NGOs and sympathetic members of Congress, are providing some of the best analysis on the Boston bom...

Bureaucrats proposed cutting US broadcasts to North Caucasus, home of Boston bombing suspects

Bureaucrats proposed cutting US broadcasts to North Caucasus, home of Boston bombing suspects

BBG Watch Commentary. U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) still broadcasts uncensored radio programs in local languages to the largely Muslim North Caucasus region in the Russian Federation, the reported home of the Boston bombing suspects. But if U.S. government bureaucrats and the Obama Administration had their way, ...

Congress to Broadcasting Agency: Is Anyone Listening to Us? by Helle Dale

Congress to Broadcasting Agency: Is Anyone Listening to Us? by Helle Dale

U.S. international broadcasting strategy again landed under congressional scrutiny in Wednesday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, a Heritage Foundation scholar Helle Dale reported. “Representative Brad Sherman (D–CA) wanted to know why the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) ignored the congressional mandate to keep broadcasting to...

Radio Liberty in Exile covers Navalny trial with videos, photos, interviews and news reports

Radio Liberty in Exile covers Navalny trial with videos, photos, interviews and news reports

BBG Watch Commentary Radio Liberty in Exile covers Navalny trial with videos, photos, interviews and news reports Russian journalists summarily fired last September by the former American management of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) are proving once again that they not only enjoy name recognition and respect of their audience, but that ...

Tara Sonenshine on Public Diplomacy, Voice of America Interview

Tara Sonenshine on Public Diplomacy, Voice of America Interview

BBG Watch Commentary BBG Watch Commentary Voice of America (VOA) interviewed Tara Sonenshine, the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Secretary Sonenshine usually represents Secretary of State John Kerry at Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) meetings. She previously represented Hillary Clinton at these meetings....

CUSIB's Ann Noonan condemns targeting of dissidents' children in China, defends RFA and VOA radio broadcasts

CUSIB's Ann Noonan condemns targeting of dissidents' children in China, defends RFA and VOA radio broadcasts

BBG Watch Commentary Ann Noonan, Executive Director of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) gave an interview to Boxun.com, a Chinese website that covers international political news and human rights abuses in China, in which she condemned the targeting of dissidents’ children by the Chinese authorities....

Moscow on the Potomac – bizarre  attempt to ban U.S. official from Masha Gessen event

Moscow on the Potomac – bizarre attempt to ban U.S. official from Masha Gessen event

BBG Watch Commentary A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Dinner in Washington American journalist Judy Bachrach, who has previously reported on the firing of Radio Liberty journalists in Russia and the management crisis at the U.S. taxpayer-supported Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), published another article showing managerial mess at t...

Beyond BBG press release: Comments from AFGE 1812's Tim Shamble, CUSIB's Ann Noonan

Beyond BBG press release: Comments from AFGE 1812's Tim Shamble, CUSIB's Ann Noonan

BBG Watch Commentary “Mindful of the damage to RFE/RL’s reputation in Russia caused by the previous RFE/RL management, CUSIB remains aggrieved that dozens of courageous journalists who were fired from Radio Liberty in Moscow in September 2012 have not yet been reinstated. More than 6 months have passed, but we will remain vigilant on behalf o...

Obama nominates Matthew C. Armstrong to serve on Broadcasting Board of Governors

Obama nominates Matthew C. Armstrong to serve on Broadcasting Board of Governors

BBG Watch Commentary President Obama announced his intent to nominate Matthew C. Armstrong to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the bipartisan federal board in charge of U.S. international broadcasting. The board is now down to five members, instead of nine, and has as its Interim Presiding Governor, Michael Lynton, wh...

Susan McCue elected Chair of RFE/RL Board, Victor Ashe elected Vice-Chair

Susan McCue elected Chair of RFE/RL Board, Victor Ashe elected Vice-Chair

BBG Watch Commentary Two Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members who have been some of the strongest supporters of reforms at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) were elected today (April 10, 2013) to lead the RFE/RL corporate board. Susan McCue has become RFE/RL Corporate Board Chair and Ambassador Victor Ashe  RFE/RL Corpor...

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