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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:53 AM

U.S. Broadcaster Under Scrutiny for Disseminating Autocratic Propaganda

U.S. Broadcaster Under Scrutiny for Disseminating Autocratic Propaganda
A Western voice has tilted toward post-Soviet authoritarian leader in Central Asia, say diplomats and the network

By Jessica Donati


April 25, 2019 5:30 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—Federal officials are scrutinizing the U.S. government’s Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty news service, established to promote democratic values abroad, after complaints it has distributed foreign propaganda favorable to authoritarian regimes in Central Asia, according to the network, its employees and an internal State Department memo.

State Department officials sent a six-page memo to the leaders of Radio Free Europe / Radio

How popular is the police #Tajikistan? Very! 81% approve, says US network accused of spreading foreign propaganda, citing a police survey

US government funded network mysteriously began broadcasting pro-government stories in Tajikistan, one of the most repressive regimes in the world: "Everyone wants a hairstyle like Rustam Emomali"

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