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    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Targeted in Internet Attack

    The vulnerability of the Internet as a journalistic tool has been illustrated again this month with an ongoing distributed denial-of-service attack on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Prague. Computers at the U.S.-funded broadcasting services, which reach audiences in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, have been disrupted … More

    From Dog’s Breakfast to Effective Communication: Can the BBG Transform Itself?

    After years of dysfunction, U.S. international broadcasting might be headed for better times as new members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) settled into their responsibilities at the monthly board meeting last Wednesday. The competition in global communication has intensified as has the challenges facing the U.S. from Islamist … More

    Halt the Senate Rush to Fill Dysfunctional Broadcasting Board

    An untimely rush is on in the Senate to fill board positions in one of the government’s most dysfunctional agencies, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Perpetuating non-functioning government structures is never the answer, though it admittedly is standard Washington practice. What’s more, rushing through the nominations will create a … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting Finally Accessible for Americans

    This month, Americans finally got the opportunity to watch and listen to news programming that the U.S. government has been broadcasting to the rest of the world for decades. This is a good thing. Americans should benefit from and be informed about the news that their tax dollars pay for … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy Should Be Bipartisan

    The news that the White House has sought to replace the only Republican currently serving on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), former U.S. ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe, has made many sit up and pay attention. It is rare that Americans get passionate about the BBG, which oversees all … More

    U.S. Broadcasting Affected by Obama Administration Culture of Intimidation

    The Obama Administration’s “culture of intimidation,” as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) has called it, has affected the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). In a power grab that is as outrageous as it is brazen, the Obama Administration is proposing to replace the only remaining Republican and one of … More

    Radio Liberty Journalists in Moscow to See Justice Done

    The fired journalists of Radio Liberty’s (RL) Moscow office are finally seeing a deep injustice reversed. Following a visit to Moscow, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) members Susan McCue and Michael Meehan announced: Given the rapidly shrinking independent media across Russia over the past few months, we have asked the … More

    Shining the Light of Transparency on U.S. Public Diplomacy

    Transparency in government took a huge step forward on January 3. On that day, President Obama signed into law the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act as an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill. With the new revision, State Department foreign programming may be broadcast in the United States, though it may … More

    The BBG’s Culture of Secrecy

    What in the world is going on at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the Voice of America (VOA)? The BBG has started to exhibit a level of secrecy worthy of the CIA, clamping down heavy-handedly on internal communications. VOA, meanwhile, has joined other news organizations at the United … More

    Save VOA Broadcasting to China

    The decision to cut Voice of America (VOA) Broadcasting to China has attracted a good deal of congressional attention, as well it should. While China has launched a worldwide public diplomacy and media offensive, the United States is looking at a greatly reduced international media presence if the projected cuts … More