BBG Demands Reversal on Russian Visa Denial for Journalist David Satter

On behalf of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees civilian U.S. international media worldwide, BBG Chair Jeffrey Shell today issued the following statement regarding the Russian government’s refusal of a visa for David Satter.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors views the Russian government’s denial of a visa to David Satter, an RFE/RL journalist adviser, as gross interference in the operations of Radio Liberty.

We support the right to free speech and journalistic liberty everywhere.

The BBG and the management of RFE/RL demand that this decision from Russia regarding Mr. Satter be reversed.  Russian journalists from RT and other media are able to work in the United States without interference or censorship.  We insist on the same for our journalists and our broadcasts in Russia.

David Satter, speaking to group

David Satter, speaking at RFE/RL in Washington, D.C., March 2013

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