WASHINGTON, D.C. (RPRN) 8/7/2009–Radio Seven Stars and Voice of Americaâ€™s (VOA) Creole Service marked the beginning of an official affiliation during a ceremony in Haiti today.Â Radio Seven Stars, located in the city of Hinche, will rebroadcast VOA Creole Serviceâ€™s news and programs on its FM signal reaching an audience in the central part of the country.
VOA Creole Service Chief Ronald Cesar joined U.S. ChargÃ© de Affaires Thomas Tighe in Haiti to formalize the partnership and welcome Radio Seven Stars to the countryâ€™s network of 12 other stations that rebroadcast VOA programs.
â€œWe are grateful to Radio Seven Stars for this agreement, and we are honored to be able to provide this new service to the people of Hinche,â€ Tighe said.Â While recognizing the fragile state of the press in some regions in Haiti, notably in Hinche, Tighe said:Â â€œPress freedom makes Haiti stronger and more stable by affording a legitimate and necessary space for Haitians to discuss and work on common problems.”
Several officials and prominent city leaders also participated in the inauguration ceremony, including U.S. diplomats Mari D. Tolliver and Kathey-Lee Galvin from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.
Radio Seven Stars in Hinche joins the following VOA affiliates throughout the country of HaitiÂ :Â Radio LumiÃ¨re, Radio Tele Ginen and Canal 11 in Port-au-Prince; Radio New Star in Port de PaixÂ ; Radio Dynamic FM in Saint-Marc, Radio La Voix de Lâ€™EstÃ¨re in Lâ€™EstÃ¨reÂ ; Radio Independance in GonaÃ¯ves; RTMS in Les Cayes; Radio Venus in Cap-Haitien; Radio Tele Express Continental in Jacmel; Radio Tet Ansanm in Jeremie; and Radio Excelsior in Mirebalais.
The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S.Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.Â VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 134 million people.Â Programs are produced in 45 languages.
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