Critics decry axing of VOA China service
Feb. 18 (Taipei Times): Despite growing protests, the US government’s Voice of America (VOA) broadcasting system is determined to cancel shortwave radio broadcasts into China.
Washington Times has quoted an unnamed US government official as saying that in Tibet and Xinjiang, “shortwave is a lifeline to those who are cut off from all but the official media.”
“Those who are limited to shortwave still represent millions of highly motivated information seekers,” the official said.
“Beijing puts millions of dollars into jamming shortwave signals to keep out stories about a dissident talking about nonviolent dissent, the Dalai Lama discussing the real situation in Tibet or growing protests throughout China by those who have been displaced by government malfeasance,” he said.
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