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We recommend one item that does not appear in today’s “BBG Media Highlights.” It is an article published by American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE Local 1812, a union which represents federal workforce at the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The Voice is Breaking,” AFGE Local 1812.

We also recommend our own commentary on how the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv beat Voice of America English news website many times over in posting speed and above all social media popularity of posts on violent clashes in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday. The AFGE article above explains why it happened.

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine beats Voice of America in fast news and social media popularity,” BBG Watch, January 20, 2014.



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BBG Media Highlights – January 21, 2014

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— Detention and brutal beating of two RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalists covered by Washington PostMashableInterfaxRIA NovostiAFP. A statement from the BBG & RFE/RL.– In editorial, Washington Post urges visa for David Satter.

— Radio Prague interviews RFE/RL President Kevin Klose (Part 1 of 3)

— The Guardian, in a story on malaria prevention in Nigeria, reviews a series of focus groups onVoice of America’s malaria prevention messages.

— All Access Music Group notes that budget bill authorized funding for the BBG.

— The village of Hastings-on-Hudson started their Monday watching a screening of Voice of America’s The King Legacy – Marching Forward.

Citations of BBG Networks

— Los Angeles Times quotes RFE/RL commentary on new protest laws in Ukraine.

— The Washington Post mentions Voice of America reporting as giving credibility to a Ugandan report on gay rights legislation.

— NPR cites VOA reporting that protesters in Thailand want to replace current government.

— Politico uses VOA reporting on the political unrest in Thailand.

— The Moscow Times quotes Voice of America interview with Nikolai Svanidze on David Satter visa refusal.

— The Chosun Ilbo cites Radio Free Asia reporting on management on North Korean businesses.

— UPI cites VOA reporting on new president of the Central African Republic.

— Tibetan Review cites RFA reporting on protest over detention of monks in Tibet.

Of Interest

— “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

— Don’t believe everything you read in the news about China.

— Update from Congress: More funds for Internet freedom than ever before.

— Life as a female journalist.

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