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Radio Free Asia says broadcasts to Vietnam are being jammed

vietnam February 7, 1997
Web posted at: 6:15 EST (2315 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Most of Radio Free Asia's first broadcasts to Vietnam are being jammed, presumably by the Vietnamese government, RFA's president says. The jamming was not unexpected, according Richard Richter, who heads the privately run but federally funded organization.

Richter denies that the programming, which includes news about events in Vietnam, is propaganda. "We are all professional journalists, and broadcasting propaganda would injure our credibility," Richter told CNN.

Radio Free Asia differs from the Voice of America, which provides worldwide news and, sometimes, editorials that reflect the viewpoint of the U.S. government. Radio Free Asia has no editorials.


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