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Broadcast Board Members Head for Africa

Visits to Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan on itinerary

Three members of the Broadcasting Board of Governors will travel to western and northern African countries.

BBG oversees U.S. nonmilitary international government broadcasting operations such as the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Susan McCue, Michael Meehan and Dana Perino plan the trip to “broaden the Voice of America’s reach and impact in Africa,” according to a release.

They will meet with VOA journalists, broadcast affiliates and government officials, including Ethiopian Minister of Government Communications Bereket Simon; Salva Kiir, the new president of the new country South Sudan; and Nigerian First Lady Patience Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Several meetings will be town hall-style and open to the local public. One in Nigeria will be cosponsored with Radio France Internationale.

Perino called it an opportunity to meet with “courageous and innovative journalists where they work, and to reinforce the vital role of a free and unfettered press in each of these countries.”