Effectiveness of Cuban broadcasts challenged


A report from staffers at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says that neither Radio Marti nor TV Marti are making much of a dent in their mission of providing unbiased news and information to Cubans as an alternative to the government-run media they get.

The signals of both services are jammed by the Cuban government, so not all residents of the island nation can even receive them. Some are able to, but reports suggest that less than 2% of Cubans tune into either in a given week, according to the Washington Post.

The Office of Cuban Broadcasting is facing budget cuts, which have long been resisted by the Cuban community in the Miami area which supports the service. According to WaPo, Democrats in the Senate are the party most interested in trimming or eliminating the service.