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While the Russian's do have internet, most of them don't speak English and can't consume any English media.

At current funding levels Voice of America does reach 187.7 million people weekly.

Western media on it's own also doesn't finance investigative journalists who work abroad. It doesn't even do well at financing investigative jouranlists that operate in the West.

If you look at a country like Iran, investigative journalism that makes the local population more aware of specific cases of corruption by their local politians won't be financed by the standard Western media. At the same time it can reduce the power of Iranian hardliners.






While the Russian's do have internet, most of them don't speak English and can't consume any English media.

They donít need English media. There are plenty of anti-government websites in Russian some of which regularly publish information about the local corruption scandals.
At current funding levels Voice of America does reach 187.7 million people weekly.

This is what VoA governing board claims. Given the obvious incentives to inflate the number, Iím not sure we can trust it.
At the same time it can reduce the power of Iranian hardliners.

Not really. Most people who might listen to VoA and trust its claims about corruption scandals are the people who are already pro-western in their orientation. It is actually the same in the West. The audiences of the Fox News and of MSNBC do not overlap. So the FOX can publish plenty of compromising material about BHO without most of the MSNBC audience ever becoming aware of it.
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