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Today we recommend Deutsche Welle (DW) interview with Arzu Kadumi, wife of Bashar Fahmi, Alhurra reporter who is missing in Syria. This is another example of excellent public service journalism at DW.

We also recommend our own article, which does not appear in BBG Media Highlights:

Op-Ed: Ukraine gets short shrift from mismanaged Voice of America,” Ted Lipien, Digital Journal, January 29, 2014.

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BBG Media Highlights – January 30, 2014
About Our Networks— Cambodian government accuses Radio Free Asia and Voice of America of being “political instruments.” (Here is the BBG statement on media in Cambodia.)

— In Burma, Voice of America and other local and international media denied access to press conference on violence in northern Rakhine State

— Deutsche Welle interviews Arzu Kadumi, wife of Bashar Fahmi, Alhurra reporter who is missing in Syria.

Citations of BBG Networks

— Global Voices cites RFE/RL on harassment of women and girls online in Tajikistan.

— Fostering small craft business in Vietnam. Thanh Nien News cites VOA story about the Ta Oi.

— Business Insider cites RFE/RL commentary on actor Steven Seagal’s “knowledge” of the security situation in Sochi.

— Interfax cites VOA interview with Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe President Anne Brasseur regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Of Interest

— Cable providers in Russia remove Dozhd TV from their lineup.

— Afghanistan signs deal with Eutelsat.

— Egypt puts Al Jazeera journalists on trial for terrorism-related charges.
— Australian PM calls Australian publicly-funded broadcaster ABC unpatriotic for reporting on stories critical of Australia.
— Cuba’s Etecsa to launch mobile internet service in second half of 2014.
— Qatar’s Ooredoo granted license to roll out telecommunications network in Burma.
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