U.S. helping Chinese censors to stifle the Jasmine Revolution

Digital Journal LogoThe latest crisis at the agency, which manages U.S. government-funded overseas broadcasts, involves appeasing a dictatorial regime in Africa, censoring Voice of America (VOA) news, and dismissing a journalist who revealed the scandal. Free Media Online president and former Voice of America acting associate director Ted Lipien wrote in a Digital Journal op-ed that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) executives have done a lot to damage U.S. radio and TV programs for audiences abroad nearly beyond repair. This follows another blunder just before the start of the Jasmine Revolution in China, when BBG executives announced the termination of VOA radio and TV programs in Mandarin and Cantonese and the firing of more than 40 journalists who specialize in human rights reporting. Read more

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