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Journalism in the Shadow of the Kremlin, April 15, 3PM, Hudson Institute

Kenneth R. Weinstein, president and CEO of Hudson Institute and member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), will moderate a discussion on “Journalism in the Shadow of the Kremlin” at the Hudson Institute on April 15 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information, April 15, 10AM, House Foreign Affairs Committee


Another U.S. international media outreach related event will take place in the morning on April 15, starting at 10:00 AM. U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the Committee will convene a hearing to examine Russia’s use of media to destabilize Ukraine, Eastern Europe and beyond, and the U.S. government’s inability to respond effectively. The hearing, entitled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” will be held on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m. in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.

Reassessing U.S. International Broadcasting, April 22, 4PM, Wilson Center

Wilson Center
The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as a research institution, has posted online a new study, “Reassessing U.S. International Broadcasting,” written by a former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member S. Enders Wimbush and a former Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) executive Elizabeth M. Portale.

The study is highly critical of the current setup and management of U.S. international media outreach under the aegis of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Those interviewed for the study included former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former chairmen of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Marc Nathanson and Amb. James Glassman, former Voice of America directors Geoffrey Cowan and Robert Reilly, former RFE/RL President Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, former Freedom House President David Kramer, Dr. Francis Fukuyama, and several other prominent American scholars, diplomats, journalists and media experts.

On Wednesday, April 22, there will be a discussion at the Wilson Center in Washington DC on the future mission strategy and organization of U.S. international media outreach.
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Hundson Institute Announcement

On Wednesday, April 15th, Hudson Institute will host the five recipients of the 2014 Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship for a discussion of the challenges of reporting in the shadow of the Kremlin. The Václav Havel Journalism fellows—one each from Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova—will offer their unique perspectives on reporting in restrictive and perilous media environments. Kenneth R. Weinstein, president and CEO of Hudson Institute, will moderate the discussion.

This event is sponsored by Hudson Institute, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Prague Freedom Foundation, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Jaroslav Zajicek, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the Czech Republic, John Giambalvo, Vice President and Interim Manager of RFE/RL, and John Todoroki, Founder of the Prague Freedom Foundation, will give introductory remarks.

The Václav Havel Journalism Fellowship is an initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and is generously supported by the Prague Freedom Foundation. Launched in 2011, it is inspired by the late Czech leader’s belief in the transformational power of free speech and builds on RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more open societies through journalism. The Fellowship strengthens the capacity of aspiring journalists to use their journalism in support of pluralism in RFE/RL’s broadcast region, where media freedom continues to be stifled and where journalism often remains a dangerous profession.


Journalism in the Shadow of the Kremlin

2014-2015 Václav Havel Journalism Fellows
Evgeny Kuzmin (Russia), Hanna Liubakova (Belarus),
Ana Lomtadze (Georgia), Olga Malchevska (Ukraine), 
and Natalia Sergheev (Moldova)

Moderated by
Kenneth Weinstein
President, Hudson Institute

Introduced by
Jaroslav Zajicek, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Czech Republic in the U.S.
John Todoroki, Founder, Prague Freedom Foundation
John Giambalvo, Vice President and Interim Manager, RFE/RL, Inc.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Hudson Institute
1015 15th Street NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC