Voice of America Reporting on March 1988 Student Demonstrations in Poland

Cold War Radio Museum During the Reagan Administration, foreign language services at the Voice of America (VOA) were for the first time given in the 1980s significant freedom to originate their own news reports and to share them with VOA English programs. Some of these news reports and news backgrounders

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Senator Taft’s early warning of Soviet propaganda in WWII Voice of America

Cold War Radio Museum Could a foreign power such as Russia try to infiltrate the Voice of America (VOA) or influence its executives, broadcasters and programs? Could U.S. government-hired journalists and program contributors, acting on their own, support in VOA broadcasts accommodation with authoritarian rulers in countries such as China,

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Executive Order 9182 Establishing the Office of War Information June 13, 1942

Executive Order 9182 Establishing the Office of War Information June 13, 1942 In recognition of the right of the American people and of all other peoples opposing the Axis aggressors to be truthfully informed about the common war effort, and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the

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JFK on VOA and RFE 1962

Cold War Radio Museum     Commentary by Ted Lipien In his February 26, 1962 speech to mark the 20th anniversary of the Voice of America (VOA), President Kennedy discussed the necessity of freedom of information and complete truthfulness of the press, but he also argued that the Voice of

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Voice of America 1951 – Presidents’ Day and Debates on VOA’s Future

Cold War Radio Museum In 1951, the Voice of America (VOA), which was at that time located primarily in New York but managed from Washington by the State Department, was under heavily criticism, particularly from Republicans in the U.S. Congress, for failing to counter Soviet propaganda. There was a spirited

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SOLZHENITSYN Target of KGB Propaganda and Censorship by Voice of America

OPINION Cold War Radio Museum How Voice of America Censored Solzhenitsyn       SOLZHENITSYN Target of KGB Propaganda and Censorship by Voice of America   By Ted Lipien     This research article written for Cold War Radio Museum website to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1917

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China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea

OPINION Cold War Radio Museum How Voice of America Censored Solzhenitsyn     China, Iran, Cuba, North Korea   By Ted Lipien When in 1974 the Voice of America (VOA) banned Alexandr Solzhenitsyn from its programs, the push for the ban may have originated with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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The Obama ‘Reset’ with Russia

OPINION Cold War Radio Museum How Voice of America Censored Solzhenitsyn       The Obama “Reset” with Russia   By Ted Lipien Hillary Clinton seemed to have had some understanding of how Russian propaganda works when she made her critical comments about the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2013

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Radio Liberty Fails on Russian Interference

OPINION How Voice of America Censored Solzhenitsyn   Radio Liberty Fails on Russian Interference   By Ted Lipien   The vast majority of political propaganda and disinformation in U.S. media is originated domestically by American commentators, partisan think-tanks, reporters and social media users. But all too often, U.S. government officials,

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Why WWII Voice of America ignored the Holocaust

“The Voice of America—the United States Government overseas radio broadcasting station founded in 1942—ignored the subject of the Holocaust throughout the Second World War,” American scholar Holly Cowan Shulman wrote in a 1997 article published in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. She noted that U.S. government officials in

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