Friday, March 9, 2012

Why America Has Trouble Reaching Iran: VOA’s Persian News Network in Dire Need of Reform

From The Heritage Foundation:

by Helle Dale
The Heritage Foundation
March 05, 2012
The regime that controls Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, and close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. Controlled by this regime are 74 million Iranians, 60 percent of which are under age 30, multitudes of whom reject the fanatic theocracy that tries to separate them from outside ideas. Millions of Iranians hunger not only for news, but for democracy—as evidenced by the Green Movement protests of 2009. For the United States government’s international broadcasting complex, Iran is a place where a good communication strategy is a necessity; it is also a place of great opportunity. Tragically, America’s principal instrument, Voice of America’s Persian News Network, has simply not been up to the task.

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