Despite deep cuts and subsequent restructuring in 1991, RCI has not only survived but had continued to transmit quality programming including on short wave, satellite, and the internet, providing an essential service to both new Canadians and listeners abroad, including millions of people in China who were regular listeners and who had been able to access uncensored world and Canadian news through RCI.
In June 2012, despite the CBC’s mandate to maintain an international shortwave service, the federal government and CBC management cut RCI’s budget by more than 80%, resulting in the dismissal of three quarters of RCI’s staff, no more newscasts or journalists employed, the end of RCI transmissions over satellite and shortwave radio, and the end of regular programming in all languages.
Help Elizabeth make RCI an independent public broadcaster! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.
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Your petitioners call on the Government of Canada to immediately enact legislation that will: establish Radio Canada International as an independent public broadcaster, with a mandate to produce and disseminate Canadian news and perspectives to international audiences, and provide stable, long-term funding, sufficient for the fulfillment of this mandate, allowing RCI to restore its programming and services, such as shortwave transmissions for the millions around the world living under government censorship.