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Voice of America (VOA) With-in the Eritrean Context

The Voice of America (VOA) is the "Official" spokesman of the United States government in the arena of international shortwave radio. But despite its popularity throughout the world and the millions of dollars of public funds that compromise its yearly budget, the Voice is little-known and even less understood by Americans. Because it was designed to manuplate world public opinion including Eritreans to that of its sponsor - the State Department.
The Voice of America (VOA) is the “Official” spokesman of the United States government in the arena of international shortwave radio. But despite its popularity throughout the world and the millions of dollars of public funds that compromise its yearly budget, the Voice is little-known and even less understood by Americans. Why? Because it was designed to manipulate world public opinion including Eritreans to that of its sponsor – the State Department.

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

WHEN listening to the Voice of America (VOA) Tigrigna one must ask why is there a need for such a program. What are the reasons that the US spends tremendous resources on broadcasters, technical experts, directors, editors and on expensive equipments to reach Eritrea? What does the US gain from broadcasting in Tigrigna into Eritrea? Why not Tigre or Bilen? How does that benefit or hurt Eritrea? What are the missions and purposes of the VOA? These types of questions are what every Eritrean must ask when consuming information provided by outlets like Deutsche-Welle, BBC and in this case, the VOA.  Continue reading Voice of America (VOA) With-in the Eritrean Context