Applebaum: more funding for Radio Liberty in information war with the Kremlin

Day view of the Red Square, Moscow Kremlin and Lenin mausoleum, Moscow, RussiaPulitzer Prize winning author, journalist and historian Anne Applebaum wrote recently an op-ed for The Telegraph about the Kremlin’s propaganda onslaught over Ukraine, in which she suggested that maybe it’s time to look again at the funding of such U.S. taxpayer-supported media outlets such as Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, “and to find ways to spread their reach once more.” She observed that “Russia’s information warriors are on the march” and “we must respond.”

“Unfortunately, the only response to an all-out information war is an all-out information defence. The West used to be quite good at this: simply by being credible truth-tellers, Radio Free Europe and the BBC language services provided our most effective tools in the struggle against communism. Maybe it’s time to look again at their funding, and to find ways to spread their reach once more.”Russia’s information warriors are on the march – we must respond,” by Anne Applebaum, The Telegraph, March 7, 2014.

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