Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Radio Marti, which began its broadcasts to Cuba with a simple “buenos dias Cuba.”
In the years since, Radio Marti’s news programs, dedicated to being accurate, objective and comprehensive, have offered the Cuban people a welcome alternative to state-controlled media propaganda.
“I appreciate the opportunity in this historic day to acknowledge all journalists, engineers and support staff for your commitment in providing professionalism, objectivity and balance in all our programs and newscasts,” said Pedro Roig, director of the U.S. government’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which oversees Radio Marti. “Congratulations to all in these 25 years of commitment to the freedom of Cuba.”
Cuba has one of the world’s most restrictive media environments – in the bottom 10 of the Freedom of the Press rankings by Freedom House and among the 10 worst countries to be a blogger according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Radio Marti and its sister television and Internet outlets broadcast across multiple media platforms to combat the massive jamming efforts of the Cuban government.
With an all news format, Radio Marti programs air 24 hours a day Tuesday through Sunday, and 18 hours on Monday on shortwave and AM frequencies. Approximately 70 percent of the broadcast hours are live newscasts. Three daily half-hour programs are dedicated to information and reports from dissidents, independent journalists, independent librarians and pro-democracy advocates within Cuba.
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which is funded by the U.S. government through the presidentially appointed Broadcasting Board of Governors, was established in 1990 to oversee the operations of Radio and TV Marti, which broadcast news and information to the people of Cuba. For more information, please call the BBG’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-203-4400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.