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I know the situation very well as I was there

Reader comment on item: The Voice of America, Silenced on Radical Islam
in response to reader comment: Spozhami of VOA is Horrible Taliban

Submitted by Jamal Hasan (United States), May 1, 2010 at 18:17

I worked with Voice of America from January 2002 to the end of 2009. I worked with the Bengali Service as a part-timer without any benefits. Although I had the requisite qualification to be a full-timer, I was not given the opportunity. I saw how the higher authority of the Bengali Service soft sold Islamism by deleting certain words from the stories sent by VOA correspondents abroad. I witnessed how they edited certain passages to give a different meaning.

I am a published author and known in some Washington circles as an anti-Jihadi. I have serious suspicion the VOA Bangla authority's cruel attitude towards me derived because of political stand. I think it is time to investigate the root cause of the "Talibanization" of the Voice of America including its Bangla Service. Here is the link to one of the letters I wrote to the VOA Director, written after my position was eliminated: http://allgov.com/Agency/Broadcasting_Board_of_Governors.

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