GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
October 1998: The U.S. government launches Radio Free Iraq and RFE/RL Iran.

In 1998 two new U.S.-funded radio services begin transmitting in Iran and Iraq. Also available via the Internet, the shortwave broadcasts, in Persian and Arabic respectively, are produced by Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the U.S. government-funded surrogate broadcaster based in Prague. Both Iran and Iraq criticize the radio broadcasts as interference in their internal affairs.

PBS Public Diplomacy: US Outreach in the Arab World

NewsHour examines U.S. government efforts to counter anti-American sentiment in the Arab world through broadcasts and ad campaigns.