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We highly recommend the article on restructuring of Deutsche Welle (DW):

Deutsche Welle announces action plan toward becoming a top global information provider

As the Voice of America de-emphasized its English-language news and news reporting, DW is strengthening and increasing its English-language news output.

Today we also recommend the statement by  OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović who called on the Ukrainian authorities to halt the violence against media and thoroughly investigate all incidents involving journalists.


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BBG Media Highlights – January 22, 2014
About Our Networks— OSCEEuronews, and Naharnet cover the situation in Ukraine, including the arrest and beating of two RFE/RL correspondents.

— Chinese internet glitch routes users to servers of company that helps users circumvent web censorship and whose clients include Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.

— National Review calls on Russia to “free David Satter” and Jeffrey Gedmin writes about him in The Huffington Post.

— Radio Prague reports on death of Milan Schulz, former RFE/RL broadcaster in Munich.

Citations of BBG Networks

— ThinkProgress quotes Voice of America interview with the new female interim president of the Central African Republic.

— ThinkProgress cites RFE/RL report on DNA sampling as part of Russia’s preparations for Sochi.

— Tibetan Review quotes Radio Free Asia interview with former Chinese premier.

Of Interest

— Data finds that people do everything on their phones, including reading long-form journalism.

— But how did someone send those text messages to protestors in Ukraine?

— Deutsche Welle is continuing its restructuring process.

— Why do stories go viral?

— The ethics of photojournalism.

— Russia is snooping on Facebook.

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