FreeMediaOnline.org & Free Media Online Blog, September 5, 2008, San Francisco — Helle Dale, the director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, wrote a convincing article warning that the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is dangerously weakening the U.S. ability to communicate with countries like Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. The BBG had shut down the Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts to Russia just 12 days before the Russian troops invaded Georgia. The BBG also wanted to eliminate all VOA radio to Georgia. As Vice President Dick Cheney is visiting Ukraine this week — another country under pressure from Russia — the Broadcasting Board of Governors is still proceeding with its plans to end all Voice of America radio programs to Ukraine by September 30, 2008.
Tadeusz (Ted) A. Lipien is an international media executive, journalist, writer, blogger, and press freedom advocate. He was Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service chief during Solidarity trade union’s struggle for democracy, acting VOA Associate Director and served for a short time as President of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in a non-political and non-partisan role. His articles on U.S. international broadcasting have been published in The Hill, American Diplomacy Journal, National Review, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner and Digital Journal. He is the author of a book on feminism and Pope John Paul II, O-Books, UK and Świat Książki, Poland.View all posts