VOA Croatian Service closes; was descendant of VOA Serbo-Croatian dating to 1943.

Posted: 28 Nov 2011   Print   Send a link
Voice of America press release, 23 Nov 2011: "Voice of America’s Croatian Service signs off for the last time Wednesday, after 19 years of broadcast history that began during the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia, and ends with Croatia’s emergence as a democratic member of the European community. VOA Director David Ensor called the service 'a model of journalistic integrity that provided the people of Croatia with fair and impartial news during the dark days of civil war in the Balkans.' Ensor commended the service, which he said, 'served as a vital source of independent reporting and insight into American policy.' Voice of America established its Croatian Language Service on February 20, 1992, a time when the most brutal war since World War II was raging in the Balkans. Spun off from the former Yugoslav Service which had been broadcasting to the area since 1943, VOA Croatian broadcasts began on radio, but were quickly expanded into television. The service was one of VOA’s first to establish an online presence." -- The closure of VOA Croatian has been included in recent BBG budget requests. See previous post. VOA Serbian continues.

Washington Post, 28 Nov 2011, Tara Bahrampour: "The news was not surprising to employees of the Croatian service. For six years in a row, they were told their program may be canceled. But fans in Croatia were taken aback by a note posted Nov. 22 on the Web site, announcing that the next day’s broadcasts would be the last. 'I can’t believe what I’ve just read,' one wrote in an e-mail. One called VOA 'the only light in the darkness.' Employees of the service said they worry about leaving their audience at the mercy of homegrown news sources."