GAO Questions Radio and TV Marti Squandering

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HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 5 – A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the U.S. Congress questioned the effectiveness of Radio and TV Marti’s broadcasts beamed to Cuba, which according to studies carried out by that entity have barely been heard or seen since 2003 by two per cent of the island’s population of 11.2 million inhabitants.

Nearly US $600 million of US taxpayer’s money has been spent to bombard the Cuban airwaves, recognized internationally as a violation of broadcast agreements. The Cuban government blocks both transmissions dedicated to attacking the political system established in the Caribbean country. Whether the US Congress and the Obama administration will continue to squander funds on such an endeavor remain to be seen when and if a new Cuba policy is unveiled in the coming months.