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May 26, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The Soviet government has stopped jamming Voice of America radio broadcasts to this country, a U.S. official said Monday. Embassy spokesman Jaroslav Verner said it was the first time since August, 1980, that the Soviets had not interfered with the Voice's broadcasts beamed at the Soviet Union. He said he could offer no explanation for what appeared to be a sudden change of policy in Moscow. In Washington, Charles Z. Wick, director of the U.S.
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October 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Gen. Nicolae Plesita, a die-hard communist and ruthless chief of the Securitate secret police who arranged shelter in Romania for terrorist Carlos the Jackal and was tried for the bombing of Radio Free Europe, has died. He was 80. Plesita died Monday in a Romanian Intelligence Service hospital in Bucharest, where he was being treated for various illnesses including diabetes, the Agerpres and Mediafax news agencies reported, citing family members. Plesita commanded the Securitate's foreign intelligence service from 1980 to 1984.
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December 27, 1988 | From Reuters
Bulgaria has stopped jamming broadcasts by Radio Free Europe, the last Soviet Bloc country to do so, a spokesman for the U.S. government-financed station said today. Spokesman Bob Redlich said the jamming was halted on Christmas Day. The programs had been scrambled by Bulgarian authorities since the station began broadcasting to Eastern Europe in the early 1950s, Redlich said. Czechoslovakia suspended its jamming of Radio Free Europe 10 days ago and Poland in early 1987.
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January 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, a wartime courier for the Polish anti-Nazi resistance and the director of Radio Free Europe's Polish service during the Cold War, has died, Polish officials said Friday. He was 91. Nowak-Jezioranski died Thursday in a Warsaw hospital. The cause of death was not reported. "A great Pole, a hero and a great authority has gone," former Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki said on state radio.
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May 25, 1992
Harold B. Miller, 89, former head of Radio Free Europe, a naval aviator, a public relations executive and an author. He was a Navy flier on a dirigible during World War II when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz tapped him to be public relations director for the Navy. Nimitz was said to be envious of the extensive press coverage given to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
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June 9, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Robert Edward Lang, the first director of Radio Free Europe and a former vice president of both CBS News and ABC News, has died. He was 70. Lang, who died Tuesday of cancer, joined the Free Europe Committee in 1948 as a consultant investigating the feasibility of radio broadcasting into Iron Curtain countries. Radio Free Europe went on the air in 1949 with a staff of 1,800 and 22 transmitters broadcasting to Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania.
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May 17, 1990 | DON SHANNON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A presidential commission recommended Wednesday that Radio Free Europe, the 40-year-old American propaganda operation that broadcasts to Eastern Europe, be phased out in the wake of the collapse of Soviet rule in the region. The recommendation would require action by the Bush Administration. But the unanimous finding, extraordinary for the usually routine annual report by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, is expected to carry weight.
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March 19, 1993 | Times Staff Writer
Declaring that the Cold War is over and that Eastern Europe now enjoys a generally free press, an advisory commission Thursday urged the U.S. government to scrap Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, the services established four decades ago to challenge the Communist monopoly on information behind the Iron Curtain. The commission said the Voice of America should continue to operate and would be enough to spread the American message. Malcolm S. Forbes Jr.
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January 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, a wartime courier for the Polish anti-Nazi resistance and the director of Radio Free Europe's Polish service during the Cold War, has died, Polish officials said Friday. He was 91. Nowak-Jezioranski died Thursday in a Warsaw hospital. The cause of death was not reported. "A great Pole, a hero and a great authority has gone," former Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki said on state radio.
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January 16, 1985 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
In a setback for U.S.-Polish relations that had begun to thaw, the Polish government has strongly protested a broadcast by Radio Free Europe earlier this month that drew a parallel between Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski and Adolf Hitler. Western diplomats familiar with the broadcast said it was probably intended as ironic humor but that it showed poor editorial judgment on the part of Radio Free Europe.
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February 8, 1995 | DEAN E. MURPHY and MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The sleek, whitewashed apartments in the hilly suburb of Troja spelled luxury. Modern kitchens. Grand bathrooms. Even private quarters for the maid. But for a busload of apartment hunters, none of this mattered. Their sole concern: The former Communist regime had once earmarked the complex for Western diplomats. "I would never live here," grunted one visitor. "I am sure the entire place is bugged by the Communists."
OPINION
April 11, 1993
Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe, which for more than 40 years have broadcast news and entertainment to the states of the former Soviet Union and to Eastern Europe, are in danger of being silenced as part of President Clinton's budget-cutting plans.
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March 19, 1993 | Times Staff Writer
Declaring that the Cold War is over and that Eastern Europe now enjoys a generally free press, an advisory commission Thursday urged the U.S. government to scrap Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, the services established four decades ago to challenge the Communist monopoly on information behind the Iron Curtain. The commission said the Voice of America should continue to operate and would be enough to spread the American message. Malcolm S. Forbes Jr.
NEWS
May 25, 1992
Harold B. Miller, 89, former head of Radio Free Europe, a naval aviator, a public relations executive and an author. He was a Navy flier on a dirigible during World War II when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz tapped him to be public relations director for the Navy. Nimitz was said to be envious of the extensive press coverage given to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
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January 31, 1992 | DON SHANNON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration, hoping to reap a modest peace dividend from the end of the Cold War by closing down Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, has encountered surprising resistance from a task force it established to study the idea. In a report to the White House, the 11-member Presidential Task Force on Government International Radio Broadcasting has recommended not only continuing the two services indefinitely but creating a third aimed at China and other Asian Communist nations.
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January 21, 1992 | JOHN W. SEWELL, John W. Sewell is president of the Overseas Development Council in Washington; Timothy A. Johnston, a research assistant at the ODC, contributed to this commentary
When Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard, her dog was probably hoping for more than a display of concern. This week, leaders from 60 nations will gather in Washington at President Bush's invitation to coordinate humanitarian relief to the republics of the former Soviet Union.
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April 29, 1986 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
A defector who deserted from the Soviet navy in 1965, then mysteriously disappeared two months ago from his well-paying job at American-run Radio Liberty in Munich, West Germany, surfaced in Moscow on Monday to accuse the broadcast operation of anti-Soviet espionage. Oleg Tumanov, 41, nervously read a prepared statement charging that his station and Radio Free Europe are a front for CIA covert operations aimed at the Soviet Union and other East Bloc states. He referred to the two U.S.
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September 2, 1991 | DON SHANNON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Would U.S. broadcasting to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union go better with Coca-Cola? The possibility of commercials to ease the taxpayer burden for the American government service--with its $500 million budget--is just one idea suggested by creative thinkers as part of the first full-scale review of U.S. international broadcasting since the Voice of America went on the air during World War II. The prime target for economizers--with the backing of Budget Director Richard G.
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August 29, 1991 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin granted permission Wednesday for Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe, the U.S. government's Cold War-era shortwave radio service, to open their first accredited bureau in Moscow and perhaps even be carried on AM or FM bands.
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