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We note that today’s “BBG Media Highlights” failed to include an article in Government Executive, which was critical of contracting and management practices of  International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) officials within BBG, even though the article had comments from Lynne Weil, Director of Communication and External Affairs. Government Executive article was based on earlier reporting by BBG Watch.

Broadcasting Board Accused of Mishandling Contractor Taxes, Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, February 3, 2014.

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BBG Media Highlights – February 4, 2014
About Our Networks— Radio World reports on threats to journalists within the BBG’s networks.– “Dear listeners, how did you spend your day?” Article about Korean Broadcasting Service in Arabic mentions Radio Sawa and the importance of broadcasting in Arabic.Citations of BBG Networks

— Ethiopian troops will deploy to Somalia. Al Jazeera quotes VOA interview with former ambassador to Ethiopia who thinks it is a poor decision.

— RT quotes RFE/RL interview with Mikhail Kasyanov about protest in Moscow, UPI also cites RFE/RL reporting on the protest.

— Ventures Africa cites VOA report on Kenya’s vulnerability to global economic forces.

— Petitioners break out of unofficial detention center in Beijing. Radio Free Asia report cited by Epoch Times.

Of Interest

— Egypt leaks 22-minute video of journalists’ arrest, overlays it with musical score of “Thor: The Dark World.”

— Peace journalism in Uganda.

— One-fifth of people living in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home.

— Washington Post uses Snapchat.

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