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Today we recommend both items in “About Our Networks” referring to RFE/RL.

We also recommend our own report that does not appear in BBG Media Highlights describing yet another major news failure at the Voice of America:

BBC, RT, Voice of Russia report on Monday’s Biden-Yanukovych phone call, Voice of America does not,” BBG Watch, January 28, 2014.


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BBG Media Highlights – January 28, 2014
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— CPJ notes that RFE/RL is one of a small number of outlets reporting about people evicted from their homes in Sochi.

— Part 2 of Radio Prague interview with RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose.

Citations of BBG Networks

— Ukrainian protestor brutally beaten by police is back at Euromaidan. Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL Ukrainian Service coverage.

— Six Americans have already booked their North Korean ski vacations. Huffington Post cites VOA story on the Masik Pass Skiing Grounds.

— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Kenneth Bae’s family. Korea Times cites VOA interview with Bae’s mother.

— RFE/RL cited by Toronto Star in story about Lech Walesa.

— Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of protesters reinforcing barricades.

— Many civilians fleeing to Chad. VOA cited by UPI on the violence in the Central African Republic.

In the foreign-language press:

— Al Ahram (Egyptian daily newspaper) and Annahar (Lebanese daily newspaper) published an article on Alhurra’s three 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Awards for Rayheen ala Fain?, Street Pulse and a promo for the online journal Syria Stories.  The following publications also made a reference to Alhurra’s three CINE Golden Eagle Awards: The International Catholic Union of the Press- LebanonENN NewsEgyMiza, and Twsela,

Of Interest

— Journalists ask Rouhani to reopen Iran’s press association.

— How can we evaluate – and learn from – China’s international broadcasting in the Middle East?

— “In digital media, technology is not a wingman, it is The Man.”

— Using only an iPhone and Instagram to report from Tanzania.

— Preparing for the majority-mobile audience.

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