Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Adopts Kaufman Amendment Supporting U.S. Broadcasting in Iran

April 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in its mark-up of the U.S. State Department Authorization legislation, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously adopted an amendment introduced by Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE) expressing support for U.S. international broadcasting, under the auspices of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), in Iran.   The amendment supports expanded Farsi-language programming in Iran, in addition to efforts to counter satellite jamming, circumvent Internet censorship, and provide for the dissemination of accurate and independent information to the people of Iran through radio, television, Internet, mobile devices, and other forms of connective technology.
The State Department bill also included several other provisions Kaufman proposed, including a provision supporting the promotion of global Internet freedom.  Specifically, this provision authorizes the U.S. Government, through diplomacy and assistance programs, to expand Internet access and support freedom of expression over the Internet worldwide, especially in countries which impose online censorship, monitoring, distortion and other restrictions of the Internet and other forms of media.  This provision specifically supports the development of Internet censorship circumvention tools and technology.
Kaufman is the co-chair of the U.S. Senate Caucus on Global Internet Freedom, which he founded in March with Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS).  He is also a co-author of the Victims of Iranian Censorship (VOICE) Act, which passed as a part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, authorizing funds for expanded U.S. broadcasting in Iran and supporting the development of Internet censorship circumvention technology.


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