Dr. Helle C. Dale, the Heritage Foundations Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy studies, has called on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to reverse the mass firings of Radio Liberty journalists in Moscow without delay and issue a strong reprimand to the leadership of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
“The treatment inflicted on 41 Russian journalists in Moscow’s Radio Liberty office is nothing less than scandalous, and it threatens to silence American broadcasting into Russia for good.
But what is even more scandalous is that it was not the Russian government that, without warning, shut those journalists out of their offices on September 20 and 21 with armed guards, marched them to a lawyer’s office, and demanded they sign away their jobs of many years.
It was the government of the United States.
This action against the journalists by the management of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a U.S.-funded international broadcaster, reflects terribly on the U.S. as a nation that respects human rights and free expression.”
Read more:U.S. Fires Its Own Broadcasters in Russia by Dr. Helle Dale