Re. FCC closes anti-Castro station

Re. FCC closes anti-Castro station

Post by Bruce Girar » Sat, 03 Sep 1994 13:08:43



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>Are you saying that Radio Marti is illegal?  If so, what is your basis for
>this?  I'm a bit unsure where you're coming from on this.

>Rob Spencer

As is the case in much of international law, the Radio Marti story
is complex. For one thing, it broadcasts on the same frequency as
Havana's Radio Taino. For another. using the medium waves for
the broadcast of belicose messages is in contravention of a number
of international agreements to which the USA is signatory.

Even Fidel Castro, quoted in a book by Juan Gargurevich (Radio
Marti: Historia de una batalla entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, La Voz
Ediciones, Peru 1992), admits that the station's illegality is
hidden behind technical/legal niceties.

Check out the book "Cuban-American Radio Wars" by Howard H. Frederick
(Ablex Publishing, New Jersey). It covers the story of Radio Marti,
and predecessors Radio Swan (owned by the CIA, according to Marchetti and
Marks in their book "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence", Radio Swan
broadcast from a Honduran island during the Bay of Pigs escapade) and
the VOA Cuban service.

Sorry, I haven't read these books for a long time and can't cite the
actual international agreements that Radio Marti violates. Perhaps
someone out there can track them down.

bg
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Re. FCC closes anti-Castro station

Post by Ed Eller » Mon, 05 Sep 1994 13:18:19



>As is the case in much of international law, the Radio Marti story
>is complex. For one thing, it broadcasts on the same frequency as
>Havana's Radio Taino. For another. using the medium waves for

How long has Radio Taino (or predecessors) been on 1180 kHz?  VOA has been
broadcasting to Cuba on 1180 from Marathon Key, Florida, since November 1962;
before the Radio Marti service began that station carried VOA's general
Spanish service that was also broadcast on shortwave to the rest of Latin
merica.  My understanding is that Castro fired up on 1180 AFTER Radio
Marti began operations in order to jam it (and, perhaps not accidentally,
U.S. domestic stations on 1180).

Quote:>Havana's Radio Taino. For another. using the medium waves for
>the broadcast of belicose messages is in contravention of a number
>of international agreements to which the USA is signatory.

I'm not aware that the Voice of America is in the business of broadcasting
bellicose messages.  Cuba certainly has no right to complain about broadcasting
agreements, since it essentially abrogated the North American Regional
Broadcasting Agreement not long after Castro seized power.