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Today we recommend from “BBG Media Highlights” The Moscow Times citing RFE/RL reporting on U.S. senators who want to expand the Magnitsky Act. The bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate as draconian anti-democratic legislation was passed by the Ukrainian Parliament under the control of President Yanukovych’s pro-Russia allies. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) said in a statement: “Gross violators of human rights from Zimbabwe to Ukraine, and Honduras to Papua New Guinea, are put on notice that they cannot escape the consequences of their actions even when their home country fails to act.”
See: “Cardin, McCain Introduce Global Human Rights Accountability Act,” Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator for Maryland, Jan. 16, 2014.
As surprising as it may be, the Voice of America English did not report on this U.S. Senate bill or on the State Department’s reaction to the passage of anti-democratic legislation in Ukraine. VOA used a report from Reuters on the Ukrainian Parliament action. It includes a European reaction but does not mention the U.S. State Departments expression of “deep concern.” The outdated Reuters report is still on the VOA English news website.
See: “Voice of America main news website not reporting on State Dept. reaction to undemocratic law in Ukraine,” BBG Watch, Jan. 17, 2014.
Not in today’s “BBG Media Highlights,” but worth reading, is: “Katya Gorchinskaya: Welcome to Little Russia” in Kyiv Post.
The best U.S. media report on Ukraine in today’s “BBG Media Highlights” and worth reading is “Harsh anti-protest laws in Ukraine spur anger” by Will Englund in The Washington Post. It includes references to all recent U.S. statements and news developments on which the Voice of America English website failed to report.
Obviously the Broadcasting Board of Governors is paying much more attention to the events in Ukraine that the Voice of America main English news website.