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Obama Shuts Down Radio Liberty

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 24, 2012 @ 8:45 am In The Point | 2 Comments


Who said Vladimir has to wait for after the election to get a show of Obama’s “flexibility”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks serious about clamping down on foreign-funded non-government organizations (NGO), foreign-funded programs, and media houses that have direct financial support from the United States of America or through any US project working in Europe.

And Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe [2] will going off the air in Mother Russia.

U.S.-funded media outlet Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says it will stop medium-wave radio broadcasting while continuing its online service later this year, to comply with a new Russian law.

Senior official Julia Ragona said Saturday that the organization is making the change November 10, when a new Russian law takes effect.

The new law will ban radio broadcasting in Russia by companies that are more than 48 percent owned by foreign individuals or legal entities. Ragona said RFE/RL is reducing its staff by a substantial amount and said those leaving are doing so by mutual agreement, with severance packages.

Sure the US could have defied the new Russian law, but it’s not exactly like we’ve got Reagan in the house here. It seems symbolically appropriate that Radio Liberty is going off the air around the time that liberty is vanishing here. These days we need a Radio Liberty to start broadcasting to us back home.

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