International Broadcasting

International Broadcasting, Public Diplomacy

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

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,…

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International Broadcasting, Newspaper Articles, Russia

Hushing America’s message in terrorism’s redoubt, Washington Times op-ed

In an op-ed in The Washington Times, former Voice of America manager Ted Lipien warns that bureaucratic infighting mustn’t curtail U.S. news and information outreach to Chechnya and other nations where anti-Americanism and jihadist ideology threaten America’s safety. Lipien, who now is a director of the independent Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) pointed out that the International…

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International Broadcasting, Newspaper Articles, Public Diplomacy, Russia

Corti and Lipien in National Review – Radio Liberty silenced by Washington

BBG Watch Commentary In an article published in National Review Online, Mario Corti and Ted Lipien argue that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) executives have mislead the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the American public on the circumstances and the reasons for the mass firing of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow. The authors state that contrary to the assertions…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

CUSIB Applauds Former BBG Member Blanquita Cullum’s Statement on Radio Liberty Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2012 CUSIB Applauds Former BBG Member Blanquita Cullum’s Statement on Radio Liberty Crisis The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) is honored to learn that former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) member Blanquita Cullum has joined efforts to save Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) in Russia. Blanquita Cullum’s statement of October 12, 2012 describes the decisions of the Broadcasting Board…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

CUSIB Joins the Rally Cry for Radio Liberty Supporters

October 10, 2012 For Immediate Release CUSIB Joins the Rally Cry for Radio Liberty Supporters The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) stands in solidarity with Radio Liberty supporters and listeners who demonstrated at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow Tuesday against the mass firing of Radio Liberty (Radio Svoboda) journalists, web editors, and other staffers. Russian and international media covered…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

Dismissed Radio Liberty Moscow Journalists Ask CUSIB to Present Their Appeal to U.S. Administration

  The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) Supporting journalism for media freedom and human rights The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB – cusib.org) has been asked by a committee of former Radio Liberty Moscow journalists and other staffers who were dismissed last month in a secretly-planned two-day action by the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to forward…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting Condemns Crippling of Radio Liberty in Russia

September 30, 2012 For Immediate Release The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting Condemns Crippling of Radio Liberty in Russia The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) stands in solidarity with Lyudmila Alexeeva, Chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, in her call for the expansion of Radio Liberty broadcasts in Russia and the reversal of the sudden decision to to fire…

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International Broadcasting

CUSIB’s Ted Lipien asks BBG to respect rights of independent journalist Matthew Russell Lee

Open Letter in Support of Media Freedom to Broadcasting Board of Governors members, International Broadcasting Bureau Director Richard Lobo and Voice of America Director David Ensor As co-founder and director of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) and Free Media Online, independent journalist and former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director, I am deeply troubled by news reports…

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History, International Broadcasting, Public Diplomacy

Moral principles need to guide U.S. international broadcasting

by Ted Lipien I strongly urge the Broadcasting Board of Governors to reverse cuts to Voice of America Tibetan, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Burmese, and Lao broadcasting services. These VOA services offer uncensored news and hope to nations ruled by communist and authoritarian regimes. It’s the least the United States can do for these oppressed nations. People who are denied freedom need…

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International Broadcasting

BBG Ready to Drop the Ax on Cantonese and Tibetan Services by CUSIB’s Ann Noonan in National Review

This article by the Committee for U.S. international Broadcasting (CUSIB) Executive Director Ann Noonan was published in National Review. We republish it from CUSIB’s website. BBG Ready to Drop the Ax on Cantonese and Tibetan Services By Ann Noonan March 5, 2012 In December 2011, the Broadcasting Board of Governors issued a proclamation in observance of Voice of America’s 70th anniversary…

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International Broadcasting, Russia

Op-Ed: America’s radios dancing to Putin’s tune in Moscow

This report is republished from Free Media Online and BBG Watch. In a Digital Journal news commentary, Op-Ed: America’s radios dancing to Putin’s tune in Moscow, former Voice of America acting associate director and journalist Ted Lipien revealed that Voice of America and Radio Liberty, funded by US taxpayers to promote media freedom abroad, self-censor news on two stations in…

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International Broadcasting

Quieting the Voice of America – Helle Dale, The Heritage Foundation

“More than 30 years have passed since Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote about the “Soft Voice of America” in an article that first appeared in National Review on April 30, 1982. Incredibly, today we appear again to be headed in the direction bemoaned by Solzhenitsyn all those years ago. While the budget for international broadcasting has certainly grown since Cold War days,…

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International Broadcasting, Newspaper Articles

U.S. taxpayers funding pro-Putin VOA programs – Ted Lipien in Washington Examiner

Ted Lipien, a former Voice of America (VOA) acting associate director, has been warning for some time that marketing and staffing policies pushed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) executives have changed the focus of VOA and other BBG broadcasters from serious, accurate and well balanced journalism to ratings-chasing entertainment and sloppy reporting produced by inexperienced, poorly paid, otherwise…

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International Broadcasting

CUSIB Opposes BBG’s FY2013 Budget Proposal

Republished from CUSIB.org. February 17, 2012 For Immediate Release Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting Opposes Broadcasting Board of Governors’ Budget Proposal for FY2013 The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) has issued the following statement after a careful review of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ 161-page Budget Proposal for FY2013: “The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting is outraged by the…

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