BBG ROUNDTABLE: New Russian Laws ? (2)
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Subject: BBG ROUNDTABLE: New Russian Laws ? Tightening the Noose on Free Speech?

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)
invites you to a roundtable discussion,

New Russian Laws – Tightening the Noose on Free Speech?

Date: September 19, 2012

Time: 10:45 A.M.—12:00 P.M.
11 A.M -- 12:00 P.M Panel Discussion.
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Broadcasting Board of Governors Headquarters
VOA Briefing Room (#1528A)
330 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20237
A protester demonstrates against censorship of the Internet near the State Duma in Moscow.
During the summer of 2012, the Russian parliament passed and President Putin signed a series of laws that will raise fines on protesters, impose limits on the Internet, make slander a criminal offense, and require nongovernmental organizations that get funding from abroad to register as foreign agents.

How repressive are these new Russian laws? What will be the rules of engagement for minority voices, human rights and civil rights activists? To what extent do these laws put at risk the work of international organizations including USAID, WHO, Amnesty International and Transparency International? What are the implications of these new political realities on U.S. relations with Russia?

Join the discussion.

Moderator: Jeffrey Trimble, Deputy Director, International Broadcasting Bureau


* Susan Corke , Director of Eurasia Programs, Freedom House
* Vladimir Kara-Murza , Russian journalist, historian and politician
* Miriam Lanskoy , Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy
* David Satter , Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Foreign Policy Institute Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Scene-setter video report from BBG correspondent in the field.

Registration: While there is no cost to attend, registration is required. Please RSVP at http://bbgnewrussianlawspanel....

For more information, please call the BBG's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4400 or email .

(Please use Independence Avenue Entrance)
2 blocks from Federal Center Southwest Metro (Blue & Orange lines)
3 blks. from L’Enfant Plaza Metro/Exit 7th St. and Maryland Ave., S.W.
(Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange lines)


The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 187 million in 100 countries. BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).
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