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Radio Free Iraq Praised For Local Excellence And Émigré Coverage

RFI correspondent Faiqa Rasul Srhan receives her certificate of merit from the cultural attaché for the Iraqi Embassy in Jordan.
RFI correspondent Faiqa Rasul Srhan receives her certificate of merit from the cultural attaché for the Iraqi Embassy in Jordan.
Radio Free Iraq, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Arabic language service for Iraqi audiences, has recently been lauded on two occasions for excellence in reporting.
 
On August 21, provincial authorities in the southern port city of Basra awarded RFI and Basra-based reporter Abdelkarim Al-Amiri with the “Beit Al-Hikma Award for Innovation and Excellence” for their coverage of cultural and social affairs in the province.
 
“In the past, people were rewarded for singing the praises of the regime and the leader,” said Al-Amiri. “Now it comes in recognition of achievements by creative intellectuals and industrious journalists. RFI shares the sentiment of ordinary Iraqis and responds to their concerns."
 
The reports noted for distinction included coverage of the reaction of residents of Faw to military presence in their city, the impact of technology on the rituals of Ramadan, and exploring how young Basra students spent their summer break.
 
RFI correspondent Faiqa Rasul Srhan was recognized on September 9 by the cultural attaché for the Iraqi Embassy in Jordan for her extensive coverage of activities within the Iraqi emigrant community there.
 
"I have been based here in Jordan as a journalist for 15 years, and this is just a further incentive for me to seek more interesting stories for RFI," said Rasul Srhan. 
 
Srhan's award-winning stories include exposure of an art exhibition in Amman, a youth football training camp, and how to increase women's participation in politics.
 
According to Refugees International, millions of Iraqis reside outside Iraq’s borders, and RFI’s Broadcast Service Director Sergei Danilochkin says that reaching those who have emigrated is crucial for keeping Iraqis connected with their culture.
 
“It is great to be a product that reaches those Iraqis not in the country. We appreciate that Iraqis around the world are important for keeping Iraqi intellectual activity alive,” he said.
 
Dr. Shimran Al-ljli of Beit Al-Hikma, a local government body that supervises cultural activities in Iraq, presented RFI with their certificate of recognition and said that RFI’s independent outlook raises the cultural climate for all Iraqis.
 
“We respect RFI for its adoption of the issues that create dignity and freedom within Iraq,” Al-ljli said.
 
-- Rob Peace

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by: Jamshid Beheshti from: United Kingdom
October 07, 2012 20:35
VOA Farsi TV is telecast via Hotbird Sat. on channel "Persian TV".
But instead of Farsi your Arabic language radio is being broadcast at the background. It is very confusing . Would your engineering Depart. check and put it right ? By the way ,why your radio programs are broadcast on this satellite's pictorial channels and not on proper radio channels on Hotbird sat. ?

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