Posted: 19 Apr 2010Washington Times, 19 Apr 2010, letter from Danforth W. Austin, Voice of America director: "You cite two recent 'cases in point,' describing broadcasts that, in your view, 'gave preferred treatment to pro-regime messages.' There is no preferred treatment of any messages in VOA PNN programs. Allowing a wide range of voices and opinions underscores VOA's commitment and adherence to a congressionally approved charter that requires programming to be accurate, objective and comprehensive. The two guests you selectively cited represent only a small part of what PNN offered its audience that particular week, and each has appeared on or written articles for a wide variety of media. ... In order to keep its people from seeing PNN content, the Iranian government attempts to block our Web sites and jam our broadcasts. And so we ask, would the government of Iran waste time and money jamming VOA's PNN if it didn't find the content objectionable?" -- Responding to Washington Times editorial on 14 April.
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