Voice of Freedom for Chinese
PETITION TO U.S. CONGRESS
Honorable Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen:
According to a Washington Times February 15 report, the US administration will cancel shortwave radio broadcasts by Voice of America into China this year, as Beijing is expanding its propaganda operations in the United States and around the world.
We, a group of Chinese residing in America as well as Chinese Americans, are so shocked and feel so uneasy at the news that we have to petition to you, dear honorable ladies and gentlemen, for your voting against this unwise decision which, if actuated, we think, would be harmful to both countries.
The Chinese people are more enlightened now about freedom and democracy than ever before, part of the credit definitely goes to VOA China broadcasting, which, since started more than 60 years ago, has all along held a mirror of truth before the Chinese people.
If Congress approves the plan, all shortwave VOA broadcasts in Chinese, under way since 1942, will end on Oct. 1 this year. This day happens to be the 62nd National Day of the Chinese Communist regime. What a “nice” birthday gift offered by our great America for this man-slaughtering regime! What a humiliating and regrettable thing for America to do! Just like a soldier surrendering his arms to the enemy after a long fighting and when the final victory is already in sight.
Recently all people fighting for democracy in China are greatly inspired by the “Jasmine Revolution” spreading over the Middle East area. The Chinese Communist regime is panic and is frenziedly waging a death-bed struggle to preserve its rule. So, apparently this is not the time for VOA to retreat. On the contrary, it should reach out with more broadcasting to China.
The cuts planned by the administration with the cost-cutting excuse calls for shifting the focus from shortwave to digital media, such as Internet broadcasts. Another reason for this cuts plan is said to be the “jam problem”.
But, the news report tells us, according to some knowledgeable people, the internet-only method would prevent millions of Chinese from getting news and information, especially those in restricted areas. On the other hand, VOA’s shortwave broadcasts into China, according to a China specialist, are much more difficult and labor-intensive to jam than VOA’s digital, social media and satellite broadcasts. China’s jamming on internet is a fact known to all. For example, we are now in America, not in China, but we have frequently encountered blockage when searching the internet for news about China in Chinese, let alone people inside China. Therefore we can imagine, so far as China’s information-deprived audiences are concerned, shortwave radio remains an important tool to reach.
Dear ladies and gentlemen, out of our deep love for both America and our mother country China, out of a sincere wish that our relatives and friends in China can enjoy the same freedom and happiness as we do now in America, we eagerly petition you to block the passage of this ill-advised cuts plan and let VOA Chinese broadcasting continue fighting for China’s freedom and democracy until the final victory. Thank you for listening to our petition.
我们是一群居留美国的中国人和美籍华人,看到以上消息, 都感到十分震惊和不安.因此, 尊敬的国会议员先生和女士们, 我们不得不在此吁请各位,务必投票否决此项不明智的议案,因为我们认为,此议案若实行,将对美中两国都造成伤害.
如果国会通过这项计划,自从1942年以来一直在运作的美国之音中文广播,就将在今年年10月1日全部停播. 而这一天恰好是中共政府成立62周年的国庆日. 这将是我们伟大的美国送给中共这个杀人政权一件何等厚重的寿礼!美国如此卑躬屈膝,实在令人遗憾.无异于一个战士,在经过长期战斗,胜利已经在望之际,向敌人缴械投降.