U.S. State Dept. Denies Deal With BBC World Service
March 23, 2011 at 4:24 AM (PT)
The U.S. State Department is denying a weekend report by THE GUARDIAN that it is ready to sign a deal to offer low-six-figure funding for a BBC WORLD SERVICE project that would develop anti-jamming technology for broadcast and Internet operations.
The NATIONAL JOURNAL reports that Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor MICHAEL POSNER said in a letter to the editor that "The BBC WORLD SERVICE RUST has indicated its intention to submit a proposal to the State Department in the area of Internet freedom, as part of an open and competitive solicitation, but we have not yet received this proposal or made any funding decisions." He also denied that any deal would be announced on Press Freedom Day, MAY 3rd.