Happy 30th, Radio Martí

Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting calls the length of time “a testament to the importance of a free flow of information”
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WASHINGTON�May 20 is the�30th�anniversary of�Radio Mart�, which has been broadcasting uncensored news and information to Cuba since�1985;�its TV counterpart began broadcasting in 1990.

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting oversees both�Radio and TV Mart�. OCB is under the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees U.S. government-supported civilian overseas broadcasting.

Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting Carlos Garc�a-P�rez oversees Radio and TV Mart�. He calls the length of time that Radio Mart� has been broadcasting �a testament to the importance of a free flow of information.�

The Cuban government continuously tries to jam Mart� broadcasts, however Radio Mart��says it uses a combination of high- and low-tech approaches to reach Cuban citizens, including satellite, shortwave and AM radio, online, flash drives, DVDs and mobile apps. The OCB cites a March survey that found 20% of Cubans tune into Radio Mart�, we�ve reported.

The investigative unit of Radio Mart� has over the years sought to corroborate news leads coming from the island. Mart� has also provided public health information to Cuban residents.

Radio and TV Mart� will share a historic timeline, photos and articles online and provide special programming, remember key moments from its history and air interviews with Cubans on the impact of Radio Mart�.

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