Open Letter to Members of House Appropriations Committee on Silencing of America’s Overseas Broadcasts

The independent, nongovernmental Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) has released an Open Letter to Members of House Appropriations Committee on silencing of America’s broadcasts to Tibet, China, Chechnya and other nations without free media. Most of these cuts and reductions ordered by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) affect the Voice of America (VOA) which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

A former deputy director of VOA said that under the Obama administration’s proposed FY2013 budget, “the potential damage to the nation’s flagship publicly funded overseas network, the Voice of America, would be unprecedented if Congress approves it.”

VOA faces net cuts totaling $17 million, several times more than any other broadcaster managed and funded by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, VOA’s parent agency. VOA would lose 170 professional front line broadcasters and producers in the proposed budget if it is passed by Congress.

Despite severe cuts to the Voice of America proposed by the BBG for the President’s 2013 budget, President Obama sent a birthday message on Wednesday, calling the 70-year-old international broadcasting station a “voice of freedom” that reminds people living in repressive societies that “they are not alone.” President Obama said millions of people around the world “draw hope and strength” from VOA broadcasts. “In the face of foreign government’s that censor, you provide news that’s accurate and objective. In the face of regimes that deny universal rights, you stand for freedom and democracy,” the President said.

In her message, Secretary of State Clinton noted the agency has adapted to a rapidly changing world and grown into a “vibrant multimedia network that employs every medium there is, from television to Twitter.”

In his message of congratulations, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama said it is “unfortunate that censorship and distortion of news is prevalent in some parts of the world.” For that reason he said, “news organizations like VOA are critically important in providing comprehensive and impartial news.” He said he hoped the agency would continue to grow.

Ironically, one of the VOA broadcasting services the Broadcasting Board of Governors wants to eliminate is the VOA Tibetan radio service. Another Voice of America service set by the BBG for elimination is the VOA Cantonese Service which provides radio, television and Internet content to Cantonese speakers in China.

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) has been adamantly opposing these cuts, calling them unnecessary. CUSIB believes these cuts are a result of mismanagement and excessive spending by the Broadcasting Board of Governors staff on executive salaries, bonuses and unproductive bureaucratic overhead.

March 7, 2012

Open Letter to Members of House Appropriations Committee

Dear Members of Congress:

This letter is to request your strong support to restore the funding in the FY2013 Budget for Voice of America (VOA) radio and television broadcasting to China and Tibet.

We adamantly object to the proposal by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which manages the Voice of America, and their plans to eliminate the VOA Tibetan Radio Service, the entire VOA Cantonese Service, as well as eliminating more than 200 positions and reducing information coverage in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Iran, Laos, Russian Federation, Turkey and Vietnam. The Voice of America English and Spanish services are also threatened with severe cuts in broadcast operations and staff. The Caucasus region, including Chechnya, and Central Asia are likewise targeted by the BBG’s plan for unprecedented program cuts and reductions.

This egregious effort to disappropriate funding from VOA will effectively undermine the purpose of several Congressional mandates, including Public Law 94-350. The Voice of America has a mandate to inform the people in China who speak Cantonese by providing them with news broadcasts that promote freedom and democracy. There are more than 70 million people in China who speak Cantonese, including in the critical economic hubs of Hong Kong as well as Quangdong province and this effort to deny VOA broadcasts to them in Cantonese will isolate them from uncensored information.

This campaign against the Voice of America – during PRC Vice President Xi Jinping’s week-long visit to the United States – is nothing less than another attempt to concede that little by little, the Broadcasting Board of Governors will dismantle America’s commitment to broadcast news on behalf of the United States not only to China but to other strategic areas of the world.

The VOA Tibetan Service was created by an Act of Congress, Public Law 101-246, sponsored by Rep. Dante B.Fascell and signed into law on February 16, 1990, “to provide Voice of America Tibetan language programming to the people of Tibet”. Less than one year ago, the Voice of America was celebrating the importance of Tibetan radio broadcasts, marking the 20th anniversary of the first VOA Tibetan radio program.

This campaign against Voice of America also comes during the detention of hundreds of Tibetans into Laogai (re-education through labor camps) upon their return from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama. It comes while Tibetan Buddhist Monks are sacrificing themselves as human torches to shock the conscience of the world as the only way to dispel darkness and ignorance. It comes during the PRC’s ongoing crackdown on Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Uyghur Muslims, Falun Gong practitioners, and all prisoners of conscience in China. It comes one week after the PRC sentenced Zhu Yufu to seven years in prison for writing a poem.

This effort to reduce Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti and broadcasting to the Middle East also comes during a time when the Broadcasting Board of Governors has entered into a $50 million dollar multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. It is doubtful that Gallup or any company can successfully conduct a reliable audience research about Voice of America and other US Government-funded broadcasts into countries like China, Russia, Iran and Cuba. People are too afraid to even admit that they know what these broadcasts are, much less tell a stranger that they are consumers of these news and information programs, which their governments tell them are dangerous and designed to destroy their nations.

What these broadcasts in fact provide is uncensored news and hope. And yet the Broadcasting Board of Governors, known for its lack of transparency and the poorest record of management among all federal agencies, again plans to divert valuable resources away from programs serving information needs of the most oppressed into unproductive operations and bureaucratic positions, while also eliminating jobs of journalists who specialize in human rights reporting.

We urge you to require that the FY 2013 Budget funding for the Voice of America’s Cantonese Service and the Tibetan Radio Service be restored, and to undo the proposed cuts in other news and information services so that Voice of America can continue to fulfill its mandate to provide an accurate, balanced and comprehensive view of significant American thought and institutions and to clearly present the policies of the United States to the people of China, Tibet and other news-restricted nations.

Respectfully,
Harry Wu, Laogai Research Foundation
Ann Noonan, Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting
Ted Lipien, Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting
Jing Zhang, Women’s Rights in China
Robert Reilly, American Foreign Policy Council
John Lenczowski, The Institute of World Politics
Timothy Shamble, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812
Reggie Littlejohn, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
Marie Ciliberti, retired Voice of America writer, producer and broadcaster
Manny Papir, International Human Rights Campaigner
Tala Dowlatshahi, Reporters Without Borders
Karl Altau, Joint Baltic American National Committee
Robert A. Senser, Human Rights for Workers
Jianglin Li, Tibetan scholar
New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz
Justin Yu, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New York
Ann Lau, Visual Artists Guild
Ganden Thurman, Tibet House U.S.
Gary Marco, Alexandria, VA
Jeremy Taylor, Free Burma Alliance
Juntao Wang, National Committee Democratic Party of China
Bob Fu, China Aid
Ethan Gutmann, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Anna Yeung-Cheung, Ph.D, Manhattanville College
Peggy Chane, Visual Artists Guild
Eileen B. Weiss, co-founder of Jews Against Genocide
Michael Benjamin, former Member of New York State Assembly
Jonathan Cao, Chinese Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
穆文斌 Wenbin Mu, Women’s Rights in China
Yan Xu, Women’’ Rights in China
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Tenzin Phuntsok, Hope Forest, Australia
Sonam Kunga, Queens, New York
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Tenzin Gorap, Falls Church, Virginia
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Nirwan Moktan, Hong Kong
Tinlay Palden, Dublin, Ireland
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Tenzin Yewong, Falls Church, Virginia
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Ugyen Norbu, Toronto, Ohio
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Bhuchung D Sonam, Malden, Massachusetts
Tyson Frederick, Santa Clara, California
Tenzin Sonam, Seattle, Washington
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Heidi Minx, NY, New York
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Kathleen Pliska, Long Beach, California
Laura Roth, Denver, Colorado
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Norbu Kartsang, Portland, Oregon
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Sonam Thar, Elmhurst, New York
Tenzin Khenrap, Falls Church, Virgin Islands
Melonie Knutson, Germantown, Tennessee
Vicki Callahan, Huntington Beach, California
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Margot Wilson, Springfield, Oregon
Marsha Morman, NY, New York
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Gonpo Lama, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Tsering Tadhey, Madison, Wisconsin
Don Irwin, Bay Point, California
Tenzin Choedon, Toronto, California
Marco Hinze, Berlin, Alabama
Deb Chaney, Massillon, Ohio
Bruno Nua, Dublin, California
Tenzin Sampho, Salt Lake City, Utah
Patrick Ford, Los Angeles, California
Sonam Dolma, NY, New York
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Gabriel Berde, NYC, New York
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Barbara Green, Berkeley, California
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Dukthen Kyi, Delhi, California
Bethany Groome, Meriden, Connecticut
Namgyal Dolkar, Dehradun, New York
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Deborah McFarlane, Australia
Tom Giles, Sale,Vermont
Sloane MacRae, Arizona
Rachel Mikos, Prague, Czech Republic
Gabriel Feinstein, Madison, Wisconsin
Joe Hamilton, Munich, Germany
Tinley Norbu, Zurich, Switzerland
Lobsang Dolma, Salzburg, Austria
Tenzin Namgyal, Addison, Texas
Norbert Gottlieb, Pomaia, Arizona
Tenzin Phuntsok, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Franco Bassani, Miami, Florida
D B, Beernem, Belgium
Rinzin Tsomo, Stockholm, South Dakota
Tanya Roland, Virginia
Daniel Gustafsson, Stockholm, Palau
Angela Dempster, Dunedin, California
Lugzipenpa Lugzipenpa, Minneapolis,Minnesota
Martha Simpson, College Park, Maryland
Tsewang Chokden, Minneapolis,Minnesota
Ingrid Marongiu, Hagersten, Alabama
Ashis Biswas, Navi Mumbai, Armed Forces Pacific, India
Lobsang Gyamtso, Kangra, Maryland
Sonam Gyatso, Vallejo, California
Connie Janik, Raleigh, North Carolina
Carl Alexander, Glendale, Arizona
Mary Stuart, Chatham, New York
Tsering Samdup, Canberra, Australia
Alpini Jocelyne, Rimplas,France
Lhamo, Portland, Oregon
Diane G, New York City, New York
Katie and Tashi Dondup, Boise, Idaho
Courtney Williams, Peekskill, New York
Sonam Dhargye, New York, New York
Deborah AuWerter, Green Cove Springs, Florida,
Lhubum Tseringg, Quincy, Illinois
Delia Schumacher, London, UK
Lobsang Tsering, Shakopee, Minnesota
Kaitlyn West, Overland Park, Kansas
Zachary Holden, Berryton, Kansas
Tenzin Gephel, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Lora Gastineau, Seattle, Washington
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Tashi Khongtsotsang, Columbia Heights, MN
Tsering Dolma, Encino, California
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Cao Han, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
Lin Chengyong, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
Lu Ruihua, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
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Zhang Yuanshi, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
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Yin Zhoujun, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
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Cao Fenfei, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
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Lin Qian, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
Huang Liping, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
Li Zhiguo, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
Tan Shujuan, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
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Gao Meiqin, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
Lu Ruihua, Coalition for Citizens’ Rights
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COMMENTS

Dolma Chhonzom
6 days ago
4 people like this reason
It is the life lines for Tibetans in Tibet for news from outside as well as fact news from inside Tibet. So cutting the VOA Tibetan Service radio broadcast is like a cutting life line of Tibetans who are going through one of the most difficult period in their lives under the Communist Chinese tight rule. Therefore, on behalf of Tibetans inside Tibet, I request you to save Voice of America Radio. Thank you.
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Sean Kelly
9 days ago
2 people like this reason
I support the expansion of VOA broadcasts, not the reduction. We need a strong VOA!
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Raymond Yam
8 days ago
2 people like this reason
Cantonese is the main language used by oversea Chinese, as well as Hong Kong and southern part of China. Through Cantonese media, Chinese in Mainland China also easy to access the information from the outside world, which the regime in Beijing doesn’t want to see.
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Thupten Gorap
8 days ago
2 people like this reason
The service that VOA Tibetan radio do for the silenced people of Tibet cannot be replaced for forever. US is aiding China by silencing the only medium of accurate and comprehensive news and information into Tibet . VOA Tibetan radio is considered most authentic, credible and has a huge following, despite all the jamming and other restrictions the communist chinese govt imposes. Really U.S is sending the wrong signal to China by proposing to eliminate this most important broadcast service. Please, please help save this radio qnd support freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
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tenzin lhamo
7 days ago
2 people like this reason
The level of desperation in Tibet is causing a wave of self-immolation. We must continue to reach out through the airwaves to demonstrate friendship and help them maintain hope.
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Kestutis Ciziunas
9 days ago
1 person likes this reason
I spent 35 years with VOA informing residents of communist-dominated countries of developments throughout the world.
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Gilbert Schwartz
5 days ago
1 person likes this reason
Good Program
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Edite Lynch
10 days ago
1 person likes this reason
For decades America and America’s people, her virtues, her values, her free market economy, her many freedoms provided direction, focus and a bright light to those living behind the Iron Curtain or under other intolerable dictatorships. It appealed to their humanity and VOA gave them that sense of humanity that they did not receive under their own systems of government.. To stop any of these VOA programs would be similar to pulling the rug right out from under them and leaving them to die from a sense of isolation, despair that no cares about their lives, and their humanity will cease to exist for them and why would the BBG do such a thing to millions who rely on American compassion, empathy and sympathy for those less fortunate. It would be an instrinsically evil act to suddenly stop these broadcasts and one’s question that continues to reverberate constantly is why……..why is America, the BBG and its Board members considering such an insidiously painful course of action to be done to people who did nothing to deserve this kind of treatment and why is the BBG considering this kind of…. disdain for their humanity…….in Tibet, in China or anywhere else America’s freedom needs to shine brightly. The question why cannot be quietly dispensed with well, the internet is a useful tool, when the BBG knows full well the internet is doctored, monitored or censored….so the real question remains……………why? Why the inhumanity to man?
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Ingrid Neel, MD
9 days ago
1 person likes this reason
Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts provide uncensored news and hope to those living under oppressive regimes. Human rights and press freedom are the guiding principles of VOA.
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Pete Tran
7 days ago
1 person likes this reason
Save Voice of America Vietnamese
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Mari-Ann Kelam
9 days ago
1 person likes this reason
Very shortsighted and foolish to stop providing information and hope to the oppressed people of Tibet.
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Brecken Chinn Swartz
8 days ago
1 person likes this reason
VOA is some of America’s best journalism. Every language service needs to be preserved, especially a language like this, for God’s sake.
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Laura Butera
5 days ago
1 person likes this reason
Tibetans, Mongolians, and others like them suffering under oppression in communist China need a voice of hope for democracy and freedom. VOA provides that hope. How can you stop broadcasting when VOA is literally all they have? You should be ramping up your broadcasts, not eliminating them.
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marilyn christiano
9 days ago
1 person likes this reason
I travelled in China and Tibet and heard from many people how much they depended on VOA broadcasts to provide news about their situation as well as some hope for change in the future.
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joseph buday
9 days ago
1 person likes this reason
During the darkest days of WWII (1944) our shortwave radio in my home (Hungary) attracted many listeners desperate to survive.. including a French POW(school teacher) who escaped from a German STALAG…VOA (and the BBC) were the only source of information and HOPE.. The peaceloving budhist Tibetans deserve no less from the USA : keep VOA broadcasting the truth!!!
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Greg Hunt
6 days ago
1 person likes this reason
This service is very important to Tibetans inside Tibet and should not be discontinued.
I want my tax dollars to continue funding these broadcasts to Tibet. Tibetans have no other method of obtaining uncensored news as the Communist Chinese continue to oppress Tibetans and deny them basic civil and human rights. Do not stop this important news service.
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Edwin Fung
8 days ago
1 person likes this reason
As China has tightened its grip on stifling dissent, it is vital that the services provided by VOA continue to reach the people of China and Tibet. Now is not the time to cut funding to VOA!
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Lev Roitman
10 days ago
1 person likes this reason
Because U.S. international broadcasting is about U.S. public diplomacy and not U.S. public accounting
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Bina Tethong
1 day ago
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Tibetans in Tibet need to have a way to keep in touch with the outside world at a time when the Chinese government is increasingly trying to isolate them.As a champion of human rights and freedom, the United States should protect this important avenue by which Tibetans in Tibet remain connected with the rest of the world.
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Puntsok Tsering Duechung
about 10 hours ago
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Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts provide uncensored news and hope to those living under oppressive regimes. Human rights and press freedom are the guiding principles of VOA.
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Tyson Frederick
1 day ago
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Greed and Power is ruining our world…
Stop corrupting every good thing for profit.
Is the upper class so ignorant that they will cause war and revolution.
It seems to be (from cultures perspective) that revolution is knocking on the door of the majority
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Namgyal Shastri
1 day ago
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VOA Tibetan radio is only radio broadcast international news and about United State of America to Tibet and Tibetans listen to this radio for last 20 years. If BBG eliminate this broadcast Tibet will cut from what is happening in the world and US.
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Tenzin Gephel
about 13 hours ago
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More than half decades Tibetans inside Tibet did not lost their hope under the most repressive regime. Until now, the VOA Tibetan program has made great services to our people. All of these should not be wasted just by shutting the program down. Horrific Tibetan situation, caused by the Chinese regime of terror, is worsening; the suffering is not diminishing. Chinese government locked up all information from inside to outside. This is because CCP has different principle that is from the United State of America. So the VOA Tibetan service to Tibet is worth to maintain; the world’s response should get stronger and stronger, like revolutions against dictatorships.
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Tsan wang Gompo
1 day ago
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save voice of America Radio to Tibet, because it is life of Tibet. It helps save Tibetan cultures and save their languages. please for petition.
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tenzin dhondup
1 day ago
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to support tibet
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Lin Eyer
about 6 hours ago
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It is quite apparent to American citizens that the current Occupier of the White House has no interest in the plight of Tibet; and additionally, openly leans toward China in support of human rights violations by his lack of initiatives. The funding for VOA is crucial. Hope is vital behind the atrocities curtain. Do not be party to such censorship. Keep the Voice of America alive.
Lin Mlinarchik Eyer USA
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Kelsang Draggo
2 days ago
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Tibetan people inside are fed only propaganda from totalitarian regime. They deserve an alternative news source and let them make the choice.
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Nathan Davis
1 day ago
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With a flurry of hope and a scurry of people who only care about those near and dear, we gotta remember we are only a few grains of sand on an almost infinite beach… Teach compassion above all else, and suddenly, the frozen begins to melt.
That is why I sign.
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elizabeth barr
about 12 hours ago
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Tibetans must have access to uncensored news broadcasts.
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Tsan wang Gompo
1 day ago
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This is the one that could educates to Tibetans inside the Tibet. who are under the communist party. The VOA is a truth of news, language, culture, It have been saved Tibet. VOA is the life of Tibetans. I appreciated that it been saving life of Tibet. I please to it also will be saving as it used to be.
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Sonam Kunga
1 day ago
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It is not only for Tibetans, ti is the best weapon fighting for democracy
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Gonzalo Abarca
3 days ago
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I am signing this petition because I want BBG governors to stop destroying VOA. Now the Board has focused on the Spanish Service. In a time when the Iranian government just launched a 24 hours Spanish channel and Russia is doing the same, our cerebral Board is proposing to cut down more than 65% of our personnel and suspend ALL radio & TV programs.
Our top management team has betrayed Latin America. Congress should stop this nonsense and should start an investigation into the ant ethic practices of these individuals that conform our upper management team.
Save the Spanish Service. Save the dignity of America!
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sam Reese sheppard
about 6 hours ago
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important – vigilant
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Flavio Marcondes Velloso, prof.
1 day ago
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Tibe can be really free! That’s time to go to The International Court of Justice: http://tibetparaomundo.blogspot.com …
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Yuchen Wu
1 day ago
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justice
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mohamad abdillah
1 day ago
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I want to see something amazing in this life, the freedom of one nation…
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Tenzin Gorap
about 13 hours ago
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This petition is not about saving jobs, but about deliberately letting go of a credible news medium through which Tibetans inside Tibet have had access to news from the world beyond its boundaries.
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mallika amatya
1 day ago
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independent tibet
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Katherine Oelfke
about 1 hour ago
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to support Tibetan rights
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Ted Lipien (Petition Organizer)
10 days ago
U.S. taxpayers’ funded Voice of America (VOA) news broadcasts to Tibet, China, Russia, Iran and other countries reflect the support of the American people for the principles of press freedom and human rights. Providing uncensored news and hope to those living under oppressive regimes helps democracy and makes America and the world more secure. By proposing to end VOA radio broadcasts to Tibet, and also VOA Cantonese broadcasts to China, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is sending a signal to the Chinese communist regime that the U.S. is diminishing its support for human rights and freedom. This is not what Americans want.
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gyaltsen dhargyal
about 12 hours ago
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VOA is very important for HUMAN RIGHTS
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Nathan Davis
1 day ago
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Because a sane way of life must be preserved.
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Janna Hart
about 9 hours ago
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This is an important cause. And it’s going to the President. I would like to speak to him, someday, about my feelings and thoughts. Free speech matters to me, and media is powerful. I will sign this. Thank you.
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James Amend
1 day ago
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The world must eventually come to terms with the Chinese destruction of Tibetan culture and Tibetan lives – even though Chinese money hushes it up now, the truth will not be erased…
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Zayden Tethong
1 day ago
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At a time when China is closing off access to Tibet by way of censorship and restricting foreign journalists, VOA is one of the rare links between Tibet and the rest of the world. The programs benefit not only Tibetans inside Tibet but those of us on the outside seeking to help. I urge the Broadcasting Board of Governors and those with decision-making power to allow VOA Tibetan to continue its work. As a US taxpayer and person of conscience I have a firm stake in this issue and feel strongly that the program should stay.
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Tenzin Gorap
about 13 hours ago
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This budget proposal is not about saving jobs, but about deliberately letting go of a credible news medium; a news medium through which Tibetans inside Tibet have had access to unfiltered news from the world beyond its boundaries. That is why I am signing this petition. Have YOU signed it yet?
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kunsang lhewa
3 days ago
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this is one of the most important to the tibetan who are inside Tibet that they can hear news from all over the world .So many my friends and relatives told me that they listening the voa everyday and very helpfull to learn whats having out side TIBET.
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Donna-Lee Phillips
1 day ago
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As a U.S. taxpayer, I fund and support the Voice of America. I demand that my money be used to bring uncensored American news to the suffering people of Tibet, China and other countries without free media rather than being spent on the salaries of government officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Tibet has suffered long enough in isolation from the oppression of China. Virtually the only connection Tibetans have with the outside world is this radio broadcast. Communist China cannot forever suppress and destroy the Tibetan people, culture, and lands. Cutting off VOA will give the Chinese even more of a free hand in Tibet’s destruction. We cannot allow this to happen.
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MARCHESI Éliane
about 13 hours ago
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FREEDOM !!!! JUSTICE !!!!! LOVE !!!!!
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Allyson Voss
about 5 hours ago
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I have traveled to Dharamsala, India and spent much time with the Tibetans in exile there. I happen to know one of the women who helps with this radio station and hence understand the immense need for it. These people already have so many struggles and very little power to change their own situation. Taking away this one form of communication would be absolutely devastating! It is not a very costly thing to keep up and I think it is one small service that we can continue to support to allow these people to survive and maintain their own culture.
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