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Digital Journal Op-Ed: America could learn from rappers’ tribute to Radio Free Europe

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Digital Journal Op-Ed: America could learn from rappers’ tribute to Radio Free Europe by Ted Lipien Truckee - Led by Peja of the Polish rap group Slums Attack, Europe’s rappers recorded a multilingual tribute to political and cultural freedom message of the American-funded station Radio Free Europe. Using historical film footage of Radio Free Europe broadcasters, rappers from several European countries ... Read More »

Former Voice of America journalist says U.S. officials are losing information war abroad

Washington Times

Reposted BBG Watch Commentary Former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director and journalist Ted Lipien wrote in a Washington Times op-ed article that International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) officials in charge of U.S. government-funded broadcasts are losing information war abroad by undermining support for it at home. Commenting on the controversy over the recent lifting of domestic propaganda ban with ... Read More »

Op-Ed: I’m not afraid of Voice of America news in the US, but . . .

Secretary of State John Kerry with VOA reporter

DigitalJournal.com - ‎ While I welcome the repeal of the Smith-Mundt restriction on the distribution of  VOA news in the United States, I am at the same time concerned, however, what those in charge of these programs are doing and might do in the future. … As John Hudson correctly points out in his his post, “U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans,” The Cable, Foreign Policy, ... Read More »

Coward Media

Coward Media sign in Istanbul.

Commentary by Ted Lipien Istanbul, June 8, 2013. Protest signs on Taksim Square in Istanbul say “Coward Media.” The very few acts of vandalism during the initial days of the anti-government protests in Turkey were directed against TV vans of local networks. Protesters in Turkey were especially angry with CNN Turkish and NTV (MSNBC Turkish). Some of these media outlets ... Read More »

Unique Role of U.S.-Funded Surrogate Broadcasters

Ted Lipien

BBG Watch Commentary Unique Role of U.S.-Funded Surrogate Broadcasters by Ted Lipien U.S. Government-funded surrogate broadcasting, which started with the formation of Radio Free Europe in the early 1950s, was one of the most successful American inventions of the Cold War. Its effectiveness was undeniable in helping to weaken communist regimes over a period of several decades. Most journalists and ... Read More »

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