Broadcasting Board of Governors
Saturday, July 16th 2016
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2016, PRNewswire-USNewswire -- On Tuesday, BBG Board Chairman Jeff Shell was denied entry into Russia and detained at Moscow's Sheremetevo Airport. Despite having a valid passport and Russian visa, he was detained in a locked room for several hours, before being accompanied by Russian security officials to board a flight to Amsterdam.
The Russian Foreign Ministry subsequently announced, falsely, that Chairman Shell was a key organizer of "anti-Russian propaganda" and was being sanctioned in retaliation to the United States' visa sanctions against Russian citizens. They further clarified their position by emphasizing that anyone who sanctions Russia should expect "unavoidable retaliation."
This blatant aggression is unfortunately not reserved for foreign officials and businessmen. Every day, the Russian government silences critics and tightly controls the flow of information in and around the country. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty provide unbiased and uncensored news and information to audiences living in Russia and the Russian periphery. But they do so at great risk.Read More
Thursday, July 14th 2016
Iraqis have sharply increased their use of the Internet, so much so that a majority are now on line – and frequently.
“In 2015-2016 for the first time ever, more than half of Iraqis are using the Internet every week,” said Diana Turecek, Director of Audience Research for the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN), speaking at this week’s monthly forum sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy.Read More
Saturday, June 18th 2016
The gold standard of comprehensive reports on human rights in China is published by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The Commission -- comprised of nine members of the House of Representative, nine Senators, and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President and representing the Department of State, Department of Labor, and the Department of Commerce – was established in 2001.
The Commission’s Annual Report for 2015 was released on October 8, 2015. In her press conference on October 12, PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “The so-called report by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China makes groundless accusation against China's domestic affairs.”
The 335-page report with nearly 2400 citations included many sections of interest to Public Diplomacy specialists. Here are a few suggestive quotes from the executive summary:Read More
Thursday, June 9th 2016
“More drama is playing out involving the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), long recognized as one of the most mismanaged and broken of federal agencies,” wrote retired Voice of America journalist Dan Robinson. His article, “The Great Clean-Up Act at the BBG,” ran in the CPD Blog on June 7, 2016. Robinson provided a window on issues discussed among broadcasting leadership and professionals – management and personnel practices, the new leadership team, “digital first,” reliance on wire service reports, and the perennial issue of balancing advocacy with journalism among them. Here are a few bullet points:Read More
Friday, April 29th 2016
“In a world where information warfare is being conducted by major powers as well as by unconventional enemies of the United States, the U.S. government must have the tools to engage in the ongoing war of ideas.” So opened the section on Public Diplomacy in the Heritage Foundation’s report by Brett D. Schaefer, “How to Make the State Department More Effective at Implementing U.S. Foreign Policy.” Schaefer is Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation.
Foreign Service Officers and foreign policy specialists will want to read the entire report with its many proposals for reform. Here’s the section on Public Diplomacy:Read More