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VOA to End Broadcasts in 10 European Languages - 2004-02-03

The Voice of America has announced it will end broadcasts in 10 languages of Eastern and Central Europe at the end of the month.

VOA Director David Jackson says the move follows cuts by Congress in funding for the services under a Bush administration proposal.

The Voice of America will broadcast its final programs in Bulgarian, Estonian, Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Slovenian on February 27. In addition, programs in Ukrainian and Armenian are being reduced.

Mr. Jackson said VOA must shift its focus to "new audiences and new priorities."

He says he is sad the agency must say good-bye to loyal colleagues, but that he is proud that their professionalism and dedication to freedom and truth have played an important role in spreading democracy.