Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Video Message for Voice of America 70th Anniversary
For seventy years, the Voice of America has been a trusted source of news and information for millions of people around the world. Since its birth, VOA has consistently adapted to our rapidly changing world, growing from a radio broadcast service into a vibrant multimedia network that employs every medium there is – from television to Twitter.
Still, it remains as true to its mission today as it was at the beginning in 1942. In parts of the world where the voice of freedom is muted or muffled, you have stood at the frontlines of the struggle for a free media. And, at times, some of you have even risked your lives and others have even sacrificed theirs. Earlier this year, we lost a Pakistani correspondent who, despite multiple threats on his life, dedicated himself to giving his audience fair and accurate reports from his corner of the world. Today we pay tribute to Mukarram Khan Aatif and to other members of the VOA family whom we have lost, regrettably and tragically, over the years.
We are proud of you and grateful for your work. Time and time again, you defy governments that seek to stifle your signal piercing through Iron Curtains and electronic ones as well, for the sake of illuminating the enduring strength of freedom of democratic values.
So as you mark your 70th anniversary, I congratulate all of you who have built this worldwide network into what it is today. Thank you so very much for being the Voice of America.