June 24, 2012, will be the last day of Radio Canada International’s radio programming unless we can convince Canada’s government that our national public radio and television broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada went too far when it cut our budget by 80% and decided we would no longer broadcast on shortwave or satellite, and be left with only a web presence on the Internet .
This decision to stop radio broadcasting fails to recognize that most people in the world do not have easy access to the Internet. It fails to recognize that there is very little access around the globe to contextualized Canadian news, news for those outside Canada. And since RCI’s mandate is to explain Canada to as much of the world as possible, CBC/Radio-Canada is making that harder for us.
That is why we are calling on Canada’s federal government to step in, stop the cut, and protect Radio Canada International’s international mandate.
Here’s where we need your help.
Please contact government (Conservative) Members of Parliament and tell them why access to Canadian news is important to you.
You’ll find the e-mail addresses for the MPs, and some more information on the impact of the cuts, announced April 4, 2012, here: http://rciaction.org/blog/what-you-can-do/