The Bush administration has successfully overcome Cuban jamming of U.S. government radio and television broadcasts through transmission from a military aircraft, the State Department said Monday. Spokesman Adam Ereli said the transmissions of Miami-based Radio and TV Marti took place for several hours on Saturday from an aircraft flown by the Air National Guard.
Ereli noted that a U.S. government commission appointed by President Bush (news – web sites) had recommended in May that regular broadcasts be carried out from an airborne platform “to break the Castro regime’s information blockade on the Cuban people.”
Radio Marti was able to broadcast without interference during its first five years. But Cuban authorities began jamming Radio Marti and TV Marti when the television station began operations in 1990.
“These broadcasts will give the Cuban people uncensored information about their country and the world, and will help bring about a rapid and peaceful transition to democracy,” Ereli said.