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IBB, VOA Launch New Online Journal for New Europe

Washington, D.C., June 4, 2004 - The U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau together with the Voice of America has launched a new multimedia online journal, "The New Europe Review," directed at the countries located between Berlin and Moscow and the Baltic and the Black Seas.

"This new publication shows that we are not ending the dialogue begun more than 60 years ago between the U.S. and Europe," said IBB Director and New Europe Review Publisher Seth Cropsey. "With the New Europe Review, we are now on line, rather than on air, in many Central European languages."

Available for free subscription at, this new online monthly publication is edited by the staff of VOA's Eurasia Division and produced in English and 16 different languages of the new Europe.

The first issue features an interview with Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga and articles about the problems the countries of this critical region face in making the transitions from their often troubled past to a democratic and free market future. Future issues will focus on the impact of NATO and the European Union enlargement, Muslims in Europe, anti-Semitism, and relations within this region and between it and both east and west.

Director Cropsey noted that "the peoples of the New Europe understand better than almost anyone else that such debates may be difficult but that the absence of such debates are ultimately destructive of the common values on which our civilization is based."

Under the supervision of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) provides the administrative and engineering support for U.S. government-funded non-military international broadcast services. Broadcast elements include the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Sawa, and Radio and TV Martí (Office of Cuba Broadcasting). In addition, the IBB provides engineering and program support to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Radio Free Asia.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs by phone at (202) 401-7000, or by E-mail at