Russia quiets Voice of America
The Voice of America, which has broadcast from inside Russia since the end of the Cold War, has been silenced in the new chill between Russia and the United States.
VOA's over-the-air broadcasts on the 810 AM frequency in Moscow ceased at the start of April, when Russian authorities refused to renew a long-standing broadcasting contract, according to a statement by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees the American government's international media operations.
The Voice of Russia, the nation's international radio broadcasting service, said April 10 that the government in Moscow moved against an “Orwellian U.S. propaganda tool.” The action fell amid mounting tensions with the United States and its allies over Ukraine and Russia's annexation of Crimea.
“The Russian Government, which has so far been patient as the U.S./NATO attempt to continue to surround it with missiles and continue to demonize everything Russian, is beginning to take serious measures to protect itself, its people and its allies,” the Voice of Russia said on its website.
While Russian authorities ended VOA's terrestrial broadcasts in Russia, the service funded through the Congress continues to expand audio and video news and information online.
“That's where the next-generation audiences are in any case,” said Lynne Weil, a spokeswoman for the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
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