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May 25

Radio Silence in China: VOA Abandons the Airwaves

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On October 1, Voice of America's Chinese radio service will go silent, as U.S. international broadcasting abandons the airwaves and moves to the Internet. In the burgeoning age of new media, many, including Voice of America, seem to be questioning the continued relevance of shortwave radio. Yet, while the Internet offers great potential, U.S. public diplomacy cannot rest exclusively on the use of a single platform. This is particularly true where the prevalence of internet censorship is high. Just this month, for instance, China announced the creation of its State Internet Information Office (SIIO), intended to further expand and enhance China's information dissemination policy, and leading many to question whether abandoning the airwaves is truly the best way to reach America's audiences throughout the world. Join us as our guests discuss current U.S. strategy and the way forward in international broadcasting.

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David Jackson
Consultant, Burson-Marsteller, and former Director, Voice of America

Dan Dickey
President, Continental Electronics Corporation

Huchen Zhang
Senior Editor, Voice of America

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Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

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