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Voice of America Broadcaster Awarded Gusi Peace Prize for Broadcast Journalism


Broadcaster cited for working to find peaceful solutions through broadcast journalism

Washington, D.C., July 2, 2007 – George Bistis, chief of the Greek Service of Voice of America (VOA), will receive the 2007 Gusi Peace Prize Award for Broadcast Journalism on November 21, 2007.

The Gusi Peace Prize Foundation cited Mr. Bistis for his "untiring efforts, working for people's amelioration, to find peaceful solutions to political and social issues through broadcast journalism, through Voice of America."

"My work is only a small part of a wider and more important effort undertaken by many distinguished personalities in the U.S., Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and other countries who strive to promote stability, regional cooperation and peaceful coexistence among people with diverse ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds," Bistis said upon hearing news of the recognition.

The Gusi Peace Prize Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Manila, Philippines that annually gives awards to individuals worldwide based on their contributions to peace and human rights.

The VOA Greek Service produces radio and television news programs directly for stations in Greece, Cyprus and other countries. The weekly television program produced by the Greek Service is fed to affiliates via satellite. The combined total of viewers and listeners of VOA’s broadcasting in Greece exceeds half a million per week. More information and programming is available at www.VOANews.com/greek.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or by e-mail at publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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