"It's a mystery why they want to shut Hindi radio. India is the largest democracy and has the second-largest Muslim population in the world," said Tim Shamble, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, the union that represents broadcasters and journalists at VOA. "The region has two nuclear powers and several hot spots."
Shamble said shortwave radio should continue because it is an effective way of reaching conflict spots where the Internet and satellite TV can be blocked by hostile governments. He said his opposition is not about job loss but the erosion of a powerful tool of public diplomacy.
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