BBG Media Highlights – January 16, 2014

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Today’s “BBG Media Highlights” offer links to a number of new articles about RFE/RL journalist David Satter whom Russian authorities want to keep out of Russia.


Today’s “BBG Media Highlights – January 16, 2014,” do not mention a hearing Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to consider the implications of the crisis in Ukraine for U.S. foreign policy in the region. Attacks on Ukrainian journalists emerged as one of the key topics during the hearing. During the hearing, BBG programs to Ukraine were discussed briefly. Video from the hearing can be seen in this BBG Watch report: “Voice of America’s main news website ignores strong U.S. condemnation of attacks on Ukrainian journalists,” BBG Watch, Jan. 16, 2014.


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BBG Media Highlights – January 16, 2014
About Our Networks— Coverage regarding Russia’s denial of a visa to David Satter continues: Interviewed on CNN’s “The Situation Room;” Reporters Without BordersU.S. Department of StateHollywood Reporter; and Le Monde (French)

Citations of BBG Networks

— NPR quotes Voice of America reporting on foreign tourists being attacked and raped in New Delhi.

— Yonhap cites Radio Free Asia report on U.S. private relief agency providing clean water and nutritional assistance to North Korea.

— The Blaze cites RFE/RL report on a reward in Chechnya for naming your baby Mohammed.

— National Review and Washington Post recall a 2011 Jim Moran interview with Alhurra.

— Asian Human Rights Commission quotes VOA Khmer report on survey indicating that 34% of Cambodians consider themselves “suffering.

— Sunrise Senior Living quotes VOA interview with cancer researcher on yearly tobacco profits and deaths from smoking.

— Tibetan Review cites RFA reporting on detention of Tibetan environmental activists.

In the foreign-language press:

— Maeil Economy (South Korean news agency) cites RFA Korean Service interview with Fujimoto Genji, a cook exclusively having worked for Kim Jong Il until 2001, who said that there is high probability of rising rebellion after Jang Song Thaek’s execution.

Of Interest

— South Korean activists float U.S. dollars, Wikipedia-filled flash drives over to North Korea.

— New and unusual uses for radio technology.

— “The established news media no longer monopolises – and may not for long dominate – the means of production and distribution of the news.” – James Harding, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs, on journalism today.

— Daniel Ellsberg’s Reddit AMA.

— Controversial tweet deleted from Rohani’s account.

— Five facts about Fox News.

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