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Today we recommend an article that does not appear in “BBG Media Highlights.” It was written by former Broadcasting Board of Governors member and former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe.

Ambassador Ashe: “Change is Urgently Needed at Broadcasting Board of Governors,” Ambassadors Perspectives, January 27, 2014.

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BBG Media Highlights – January 27, 2014
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— Voice of America’s Moe Moe Htun was at the mall in Columbia, Md. when this weekend’s shooting took place.

— Alhurra and Radio Sawa mentioned in a profile of China Radio International‘s operations in the Middle East.

— “At a market in Daun Penh district, 55-year-old Ke Khorn, who listens to Radio Free Asia for protest updates, also said she is concerned about escalating violence.”

— Will Sullivan, Director of Mobile for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, will present at Ghana International Press Centre in Accra.

Citations of BBG Networks

— Radio Free Asia piece on Uyghurs killed in Xinjiang cited by the New York Times report on Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur intellectual accused of separatism by Chinese security officials.

— BuzzFeed refers to report by VOA’s Myroslava Gongadze that senior Ukrainian officials have beenplaced on U.S. visa ban list.

— Unrest spreads in Ukraine. RFE/RL report on opposition’s response to government offers cited by Christian Science Monitor.

— NPR uses VOA report on the situation in Ukraine.

— UNPO quotes Radio Free Asia interview with research analyst for Freedom House on China’s freedom rating.

— Belfast Telegraph uses video from protests in Quetta by RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal.

— The Advocate uses RFE/RL video of people mourning gay rights advocate suicide victim in Azerbaijan.

— Government Technology cites VOA report about Snowden accusation that NSA is spying on industry.

— UPI quotes VOA interview with Rwanda deputy envoy to the U.N.

In the foreign-language press:

— Yonhap News (South Korean news agency) cites RFA report that sources from North Korea said North Korean authorities are eradicating illegal day care centers and preschools. Sources added that anybody discovered running an illegal day care center or preschool will be exiled to rural area to live and work. Sources explained that because North Korean children are in a bad educational environment, sometimes lacking daily meals, individual day care centers or preschools were popular in North Korea.

Of Interest

— Information flow during emergencies.

— Peaceful protest supporting independent media, led by Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, violently broken up by Cambodian security forces. (Phnom Penh PostWSJ)

— Syrian government grants visas to Western journalists ahead of Geneva talks. Also gives them a tour of the country.

— From campaigning for Obama to languishing in an Egyptian prison.

— Estonia wins at technology.

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