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USAGM attracts record audience of 410 million

The measured weekly audience for U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) programming grew to 410 million people in fiscal year 2022, according to the agency’s Performance and Accountability Report submitted today to Congress.  

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Alhurra provides extensive coverage of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

Alhurra plans more than 30 hours of coverage starting on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, to bring information about the U.S. midterm elections to audiences across the Middle East and North Africa. Correspondents will be live from 10 states, interviewing voters about the issues most important to them.

RFE/RL challenges Kyrgyz government decision to block websites

Today, RFE/RL filed an administrative complaint with Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy. The complaint is a response to the Ministry’s decision to block Kyrgyz Service websites for two months after the broadcaster refused to remove a video report about clashes at the border with Tajikistan.

Silencing journalists harms us all

On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, USAGM CEO Amanda Bennett issued the following statement. 

RFE/RL responds to Kyrgyz government blocking websites in crackdown on free media

Today, Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy announced in a Facebook post it was blocking RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service websites for two months after RFE/RL refused to remove a Current Time Asia report about the recent Kyrgyz-Tajik conflict. These actions are the latest in a series emblematic of a deteriorating media climate in the country. They follow a recent protest outside RFE/RL’s Bishkek bureau that called on authorities to close the Service and other independent local outlets; and proposed legislation that would further limit media freedom.

Debatable hosts a special series from across the region

Alhurra Television’s award-winning program Debatable is leaving the studio and embarking on a multi-country tour during a 10-episode special series. Each week on Debatable, Egyptian journalist and host Ibrahim Issa debates radical and distorted interpretations of Islam with notable scholars. By taking the show outside the studio, it will enable the program to engage with citizens and promote critical thinking.

USAGM condemns the detention of RFE/RL journalist’s wife

U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Amanda Bennett today condemned the detention of Darya Losik, wife of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) consultant and popular Belarusian blogger Ihar Losik. Darya was wrongly detained for “facilitating extremist activities,” after giving an interview with the Polish-based Belsat television channel. 

Alhurra’s AR production wins Silver at Cannes

Alhurra Television’s augmented reality production depicting the impending environmental disaster of the Safer oil tanker off the Yemeni coast was presented with the Silver Medal at the 2022 Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards today. It won in the Environmental, Ecology and Sustainability category.

VOA launches new podcast on recent developments in Iran

Today Voice of America’s News Center launches a weekly, 25-minute English language podcast to put the developing crisis in Iran and related global reactions into context for its worldwide audience. The new podcast, titled “Flashpoint Iran,” will offer an in-depth analysis of the rising tensions in Iran and a big-picture understanding of daily events.