Gov't Propaganda Okay in U.S.

radio 2From Foreign Policy Magazine:

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News To Americans

“For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law (the Smith-Mundt Act) prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened?

Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. The programming varies in tone and quality, but its breadth is vast: It’s viewed in more than 100 countries in 61 languages. The topics covered include human rights abuses in Iran; self-immolation in Tibet; human trafficking across Asia; and on-the-ground reporting in Egypt and Iraq.”

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1 Response to Gov't Propaganda Okay in U.S.

  1. trish nelson says:

    Interesting article. On the one hand, there are obvious potential dangers regarding government propaganda. On the other hand, it sounds like this paves the way for local radio stations to pick up VOA. Voice of America In its current form surely would be better than the corporate propaganda we now have. I can’t imagine the “local” Clear Channel stations going for it though.


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