Tuesday, April 10, 2012

VOA Turns Up Heat on Sotheby's

The VOA, which is purportedly independent, but which has been identified with the US State Department since its inception (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_America), has issued a report that has been publicised in the archaeological blogosphere that supports the seizure and repatriation of a Khmer statue back to Cambodia as stolen goods. See http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com/2012/04/voa-visits-cambodian-statues-original.html

According to Wikipedia,

A 1976 law signed by President Gerald Ford requires VOA to "serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news." The VOA Charter states: "VOA news will be accurate, objective and comprehensive." However, the service has been criticized as an instrument of American propaganda.

If the VOA truly strives to be as "accurate, objective and comprehensive" as claimed, why not also provide Sotheby's side of the story?

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