ERIC Number: ED071139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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The Czech Crisis and International Broadcasting in Perspective.
Powell, Jon T.
Federal Communications Bar Journal, v23 n1 p3-23 1969
The article begins with a summary of the events concerned with the invasion of Czechoslovakia by troops of the Soviet Union in August 1968 and places these events in the general context of East-West relations at that time. The author then uses the response to this crisis in foreign relations as an illustration of the function of international broadcasting in providing free flow of information across national borders. He describes the functions of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe; then, he analyzes the responses of these three systems to the Czech situation as well as the resultant Soviet attempt to prevent the free flow of information. One justification for international broadcasting is to stimulate individual decision-making by broadening access to information and expression of controversy. The author contends that the governmental reforms in Czechoslovakia, which included freer flow of information, caused the Soviets to fear a lessening of their influence and thus prompted the 1968 invasion. (RN)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Bar Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Czechoslovakia