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Death of Voice of America

February 11, 2007

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From the Washington Post by Robert R. Reilly 

In the spring of 2003, across a field of rubble in Baghdad, a young Iraqi journalist accosted me and demanded: “Why did you stop broadcasting substance and substitute music?” The year before, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the government entity in charge of radio broadcasting, had shut down the Voice of America’s Arabic service, and it ended most of its Farsi service in 2003. Voice of America had been broadcasting features, discussions of issues and editorials reflecting U.S. policies. But now it filled 50 minutes of each hour on Arabic-language Radio Sawa and most of the time on Persian-language Radio Farda with Eminem, J. Lo and Britney Spears.  read the rest here….

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  1. Jim Ferris permalink
    February 11, 2007 1:16 pm

    Radio Sawa is currently number one radio station in the Middle East. It broadcasts more than seven hours of news and current affairs programs every day. Nobody was listening to Voice of America – Arabic and the September 11, 2001 attacks took place when VOA – Arabic was still on air before the start of Radio Sawa. The mixture of popular music with accurate , objective and balanced news is the best formula and recipe to counter extremist propaganda in the Moslem world. Radio Sawa by itself cannot solve all the image problems of the United States in the Middle East but can contribute positively in the long run to open the minds of young Arabs to the ideas of cultural diversity, openness, pluralism and democracy.

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