Congresul Statelor Unite – rezoluţie consacrată “Europei Libere” la 60 de ani de la înfiinţarea acestui post de radio
În Congresul american a fost introdusă cu cîteva zile în urmă o Rezoluţie cu prilejul împlinirii a şaizeci de ani de la înfiinţarea postului de radio „Europa Liberă”. E reamintit cu acest prilej atentatul cu bombă din 1981 asupra sediului de la Munchen al RFE. Atentatul a fost comandat de autorităţile comuniste de la Bucureşti. Iată textul Rezoluţiei
WASHINGTON, July 31 – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, has introduced a resolution (H. RES. 641) „Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.”
The resolution, introduced on July 14, was co-sponsored by Reps. Bob Inglis, R-South Carolina; Thaddeus G. McCotter, R-Michigan; Ted Poe, R-Texas; Christopher H. Smith, R-New Jersey; Dan Burton, R-Indiana and Gus M. Bilirakis, R-Florida. It was referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
A copy of the full-text of the legislation follows:
H. RES. 641
RESOLUTION recognizing the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Whereas Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) was founded in 1949 with the mission to promote democratic values and institutions by broadcasting unbiased and factual information and ideas to audiences behind the communist `Iron Curtain’;
Whereas many East European and Russian leaders, including Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, and the late Boris Yeltsin of the Russian Federation, have testified to the important role RFE/RL broadcasts played in ending the Cold War;
Whereas the former President of Estonia, Lennart Meri, nominated RFE/RL for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991;
Whereas Nobel laureate and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa testified to the role played by RFE/RL in Poland’s struggle for freedom when he stated that its influence `cannot even be described. Would there be earth without the sun?’;
Whereas RFE/RL programs were so comprehensive that communist authorities relied on secret transcripts of the broadcasts for information they could not obtain from the local media they themselves controlled;
Whereas RFE/RL was subjected to efforts to undermine its operations through offensive actions launched by communist regimes and intended to discredit the broadcasts;
Whereas the communist Soviet KGB and Warsaw Pact intelligence services penetrated the radio stations with their spies, jailed sources, and even resorted to violence in attempts to intimidate RFE/RL staff;
Whereas RFE/RL Bulgarian Service correspondent Georgi Markov was murdered in London in 1978, evidently by the Bulgarian communist intelligence service;
Whereas the Romanian communist security service detonated a bomb at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Munich, West Germany, in 1981, critically injuring six employees;
Whereas today, after having played a significant role in the collapse of communism, RFE/RL continues to provide news, information, and open discussion of domestic and international issues to countries where free and independent media are not permitted, or are not yet fully established;
Whereas RFE/RL broadcasts in 28 languages to 30 million listeners in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and Central and Southwest Asia;
Whereas RFE/RL employees and freelance journalists are subject to intimidation and oppression by the authorities of regimes in many countries to which RFE/RLbroadcasts; and
Whereas RFE/RL has a proven history of promoting freedom and liberty in oppressive and autocratic regimes through news broadcasts based upon the principle that the first requirement of democracy is a well-informed citizenry: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives– (1) recognizes the 60th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and honors its contribution to promoting freedom and liberty around the world; and (2) commends the employees and reporters of RFE/RL for their commitment to provide fair and unbiased news to people living under oppressive regimes.