Posted: 11 Nov 2007"The money for Iranian democrats increased significantly in 2006 to $75 million after Iran announced that it had begun to enrich uranium at its Natanz facility. But most of that money, $49 million, was designated for Voice of America's Persian service and Radio Farda, an American funded Persian radio station that mixes news and popular music. 'If the program is just going to be expanding Voice of America and Radio Farda, don't brand it as the Iran democracy program.'" New York Sun, 8 November 2007. Updated: "The fact is, America’s international broadcasting efforts, for which I used to work, is a democracy program. It can be stand-alone, or it can work with other campaigns. Carpenter unecessarily separates international broadcasting from other pro-democracy efforts. All efforts work hand-in-hand. These aren’t isolated initiatives." Former BBG spokesman Howard Mortman, in his Extreme Mortman blog, 10 November 2007. International broadcasting best supports democracy as an independent, objective source of information, so that the people of a nation make up their own minds in the practice of democracy, or in the development of democracy. But because international broadcasting must have credibility to succeed, attaching to it a value laden descriptor (even if it is a good value) is counterprodutive and unnecessary. -- "The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has been at the forefront of lobbying against continued Congressional funding of Voice of America-Persian service; Radio Farda; and grants for Iranian civil society. ... Now it turns out that NIAC accepted not one grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), but three." Michael Rubin, National Review Online, 9 November 2007. See previous post about same subject.
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