Senate Committee Report Rips Radio And TV Marti
May 4, 2010 at 4:25 AM (PT)
Senate Democrats criticized RADIO and TV MARTI in a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations majority report released MONDAY, proposing to move the stations from MIAMI to WASHINGTON and merge the OFFICE OF CUBA BROADCASTING operation into the VOICE OF AMERICA, reports the MIAMI HERALD.
"It's disappointing that after 18 years RADIO and TV MARTI have failed to make any discernible inroads into Cuban society or to influence the Cuban government," said committee Chairman Sen. JOHN KERRY (D-MA). "U.S. civil society programs may have noble objectives, but we need to examine whether we're achieving them."
MIAMI-area Republican legislators were quick to condemn the report. "JOHN KERRY and his staff are out to kill OCB. They have always tried to kill it and they continue to try to kill it. They lack all credibility on this issue," said Rep. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART (R-FL). "As the Cuban regime tightens its hold on the Cuban people, the Congress should be focused on expanding the flow of uncensored information about the dictatorship's brutality and gross human rights abuses," added Rep. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FL). "The focus should be on growing and improving, rather than burying into VOA."