At House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Secretary Clinton hears proposal to add a VOA Sindhi Service.

Posted: 29 Oct 2011   Print   Send a link
C-SPAN, 27 Oct 2011, video of House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on same date with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) argues for the establishment of a VOA Sindhi Service. "We already broadcast in Urdu into Pakistan, but the Sindhi language is spoken by far more people than the Urdu language." Listen to audio of Rep. Sherman's remarks (mp3, 1:21). -- Urdu, however, is spoken as a second or third language by most Pakistanis. As such, Urdu is useful for reaching all of the language communities of Pakistan. Separate broadcasts in each of Pakistan's main languages would dilute resources. And, of course, except for one vote on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Secretary Clinton does not have executive authority over VOA. See previous post about same subject.