Posted: 19 Feb 2010"Three sources tell The Cable that the National Security Council at first tried to prevent Jeff Trimble, executive director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors ... from allowing VOA to attach its name to a statement last week with Deutsche Welle and the British Broadcasting Corporation protesting Iranian signal jamming. Two sources close to the issue say the NSC first didn't want the VOA to join the statement if it mentioned 'jamming.' Later in the email chain, the NSC modified its position to object to the use of the term 'intensified jamming.' According to Trimble, 'The BBG wasn't asked not to participate in the statement.' 'NSC is ok with our confirming that jamming continues, they ask that we not say for now that it has intensified,' one Feb. 11 email from Trimble to several BBG staffers read. Dan Austin, the president of VOA, acknowledged that changes had been made to the statement, but declined to discuss the NSC's role. He said that the U.S. government should not be interfering with the BBG's editorial content, but acknowledged that on the communications and policy side, the lines were less clear. 'If it doesn't violate the letter of the firewall, common sense dictates it violates the spirit,' a BBG official told The Cable on background basis." Josh Rogin, The Cable, Foreign Policy, 17 February 2010. See previous post for the statement, by way of a BBC World Service press release. It was also issued as a press release in German by Deutsche Welle, 12 February 2010. The statement has not appeared as a press release from either VOA or BBG, but VOA had a news report about it. Satellite enthusiasts in Europe (see, for example, previous comments by Kai Ludwig, and links thereto) are the real judges of whether jamming exists, and how intense it is.
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