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Today we recommend our own article, which does not appear in BBG Media Highlights:

Alleged violations of IRS rules by IBB officials may cost taxpayers, U.S. agency millions,” BBG Watch, January 29, 2014.

We also recommend another article, which IBB staff missed or did not want to highlight. The article was posted by Russia’s RT but deals with digital contracting at BBC, which is also a major expenditure and major technical issue at BBG.

‘How not to run a program’: BBC slammed for failed $170 mn digital project,” RT, January 28, 2014.

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BBG Media Highlights – January 29, 2014
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— Voice of America, along with reporters of The Irrawaddy, Associated Press, The Myanmar Times, Mizzima and other media, denied access to government briefing on alleged massacre of dozens of Rohingyas in Burma.

Citations of BBG Networks

— The Atlantic cites RFE/RL year-ender on “the year LGBT rights went global” in piece about Sochi Olympics.

— Where is Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti? Epoch Times quotes Radio Free Asia interview regarding his detainment and disappearance.

— Russia has “wonderful leadership” according to Steven Seagal. Design and Trend cites RFE/RL report on the actor’s praise for Putin and the FSB.

— Dawn uses RFE/RL photo of Afghanistan protest against Pakistan.

— Nehanda Radio cites VOA reporting on Zimbabwe government policies regarding retail shops.

In the foreign-language press:

— Elmogaz (Egyptian news site) notes that according to Radio Sawa, a specially-equipped US naval ship departed for Italy on Monday on a ground-breaking mission to destroy Syria’s chemical agents. Setting off from the port of Norfolk on the Virginia coast, the MV Cape Ray is due to arrive in the southern port of Gioia Tauro in about “two to three weeks”, spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told

— Ramrem (Egyptian news site) cites Radio Sawa report that at least four Egyptian soldiers have been killed and nine others wounded in an attack by gunmen on a military bus travelling in the northern Sinai peninsula on Sunday.

Of Interest

— Do you have what it takes to be a Mexican newspaper editor?

— Dozhd TV may lose access to cable TV.

— Finnish media companies reject Belarus visa restrictions against covering non hockey-related stories.

— South Korean man sentenced to 10 months in prison for posting pro-North Korean messagesonline.

— China forces New York Times reporter to leave the country.

— The five best punctuation marks.

— Foreign correspondents in Moscow can’t stop dreaming about Putin.

— Sometimes it’s okay to not know exactly what you are doing.

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