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By David Rocks and David Rocks,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 18, 1998
PRAGUE -- Four years ago, Czechs invited an old friend that had helped them through darker days to share their capital. Today, some here are wondering whether new plans by their guest won't lead to hard times ahead.Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was the friend -- the source of Western news and information for listeners in communist countries during the Cold War. What didn't occur to Czechs when they welcomed the stations to Prague was that among the new targets of the U.S.-sponsored broadcasts would be Iran and Iraq.
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By David Rocks and David Rocks,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 18, 1998
PRAGUE -- Four years ago, Czechs invited an old friend that had helped them through darker days to share their capital. Today, some here are wondering whether new plans by their guest won't lead to hard times ahead.Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was the friend -- the source of Western news and information for listeners in communist countries during the Cold War. What didn't occur to Czechs when they welcomed the stations to Prague was that among the new targets of the U.S.-sponsored broadcasts would be Iran and Iraq.
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By BEN WATTENBERG | July 17, 1991
Washington. -- Consider an idea whose time may be here: Radio Free China. It could play a key role in finishing up the great unfinished business of our time.Legislation has been introduced. Senate co-sponsors include, imagine this, liberal Joe Biden and conservative Jesse Helms. One commission is already studying the idea, a second is likely.The concept has been kicking around for decades. It involves ''surrogate radio.''America does two kinds of international radio broadcasting. Our national service, Voice of America, broadcasts globally in 44 languages.
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June 20, 1993
The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Radio Marti and Asian Democracy Radio are not household names among American audiences. Yet U.S. taxpayers finance those huge global broadcasting operations which have become steadily more complex and expensive since their inauguration during World War II.Since the Soviet Union collapsed, it has been crystal clear the U.S. government's costly Cold War radio operation must be overhauled. But how? Each of those stations jealously protects its turf, organizing partisans to fight any streamlining.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 13, 1998
WASHINGTON -- It is late afternoon, but in the studios of Radio Free Asia, Jenny Choi is reading the 7 a.m. news -- to North Korea.Speaking softly in Korean, she and a co-anchor report on long-running Korean negotiations and a forthcoming visit by a U.S. envoy, and discuss the mysterious deaths of 71 cattle shipped to the famine-stricken nation. Every story is about North Korea."Today we have so much news," program director Jaehoon Ahn says.Never mind that the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang sometimes jams Radio Free Asia's twice-daily broadcasts.
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By BEN WATTENBERG | August 21, 1991
Jerusalem.--Mikhail Gorbachev is out of power. This should remind us that the most important development in recent history -- the rapid erosion of Soviet totalitarianism -- is only a process, not an event. Unlike an event, a process can be slowed, or stopped or (at least temporarily) reversed.The threat of a return of a new form of the old Soviet system is big-league stuff. Remember: These are the folks who, until very recently, owned six countries in Eastern Europe, rented dozens of others around the world, pushed for global communist revolution, deprived their citizens of elemental freedoms, financed international terrorism and, by the way, regularly reminded us that they had nuclear missiles pointed our way.Even a temporary reversion to such a situation is potentially cataclysmic.
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By ABRAHAM M. HIRSCH | August 11, 1993
The future of the Voice of America (VOA) and of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is still undecided. The public interest is to have a single effective, representative and affordable institution that speaks to foreign audiences on behalf of the American people.It appears that high-level horse-trading now has resulted in a plan to divvy up language services broadcasting to target audiences in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, some remaining alive with RFE/RL, others with the VOA.Congress has yet to decide on the proposal, but cutting up the baby is not a viable option.
NEWS
October 18, 1993
A fierce behind-the-scenes battle is going on in Washington over the State Department authorization bill that effectively merges Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty into the Voice of America. While that shortsighted move currently seems to enjoy majority support in Congress, it is not too late for reason to prevail.Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were born during the early days of the Cold War as "surrogate" stations broadcasting uncensored local news to Eastern European countries and the Soviet Union.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 13, 1998
WASHINGTON -- It is late afternoon, but in the studios of Radio Free Asia, Jenny Choi is reading the 7 a.m. news -- to North Korea.Speaking softly in Korean, she and a co-anchor report on long-running Korean negotiations and a forthcoming visit by a U.S. envoy, and discuss the mysterious deaths of 71 cattle shipped to the famine-stricken nation. Every story is about North Korea."Today we have so much news," program director Jaehoon Ahn says.Never mind that the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang sometimes jams Radio Free Asia's twice-daily broadcasts.
NEWS
October 18, 1993
A fierce behind-the-scenes battle is going on in Washington over the State Department authorization bill that effectively merges Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty into the Voice of America. While that shortsighted move currently seems to enjoy majority support in Congress, it is not too late for reason to prevail.Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were born during the early days of the Cold War as "surrogate" stations broadcasting uncensored local news to Eastern European countries and the Soviet Union.
NEWS
By ABRAHAM M. HIRSCH | August 11, 1993
The future of the Voice of America (VOA) and of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is still undecided. The public interest is to have a single effective, representative and affordable institution that speaks to foreign audiences on behalf of the American people.It appears that high-level horse-trading now has resulted in a plan to divvy up language services broadcasting to target audiences in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, some remaining alive with RFE/RL, others with the VOA.Congress has yet to decide on the proposal, but cutting up the baby is not a viable option.
NEWS
June 20, 1993
The Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Radio Marti and Asian Democracy Radio are not household names among American audiences. Yet U.S. taxpayers finance those huge global broadcasting operations which have become steadily more complex and expensive since their inauguration during World War II.Since the Soviet Union collapsed, it has been crystal clear the U.S. government's costly Cold War radio operation must be overhauled. But how? Each of those stations jealously protects its turf, organizing partisans to fight any streamlining.
NEWS
By BEN WATTENBERG | August 21, 1991
Jerusalem.--Mikhail Gorbachev is out of power. This should remind us that the most important development in recent history -- the rapid erosion of Soviet totalitarianism -- is only a process, not an event. Unlike an event, a process can be slowed, or stopped or (at least temporarily) reversed.The threat of a return of a new form of the old Soviet system is big-league stuff. Remember: These are the folks who, until very recently, owned six countries in Eastern Europe, rented dozens of others around the world, pushed for global communist revolution, deprived their citizens of elemental freedoms, financed international terrorism and, by the way, regularly reminded us that they had nuclear missiles pointed our way.Even a temporary reversion to such a situation is potentially cataclysmic.
NEWS
By BEN WATTENBERG | July 17, 1991
Washington. -- Consider an idea whose time may be here: Radio Free China. It could play a key role in finishing up the great unfinished business of our time.Legislation has been introduced. Senate co-sponsors include, imagine this, liberal Joe Biden and conservative Jesse Helms. One commission is already studying the idea, a second is likely.The concept has been kicking around for decades. It involves ''surrogate radio.''America does two kinds of international radio broadcasting. Our national service, Voice of America, broadcasts globally in 44 languages.
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By New York Times News Service | June 14, 1993
WASHINGTON -- After months of acrimonious debate over the future of government-sponsored broadcasting, the Clinton administration has decided to merge all international radio operations, senior officials said this weekend.The officials said the gradual consolidation plan, which they expect to announce this week, would save about $250 million over the next few years and put Voice of America and Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty under the same governing board.The plan was negotiated in recent weeks by top administrators of the broadcasting operations after vigorous lobbying by advocates who feared their extinction.
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