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  Beijing Replaces Minority Language Radio programs with Ones in Chinese



Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center,

June 17, 2003, New York City

According to China's largest state owned radio broadcasting, the Central People's Broadcasting Station, five minority language services on Program Four of the agency have been replaced with entertainment programs in Chinese language since June 16, 2003. The replaced programs in Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, Kazakh, and Korean languages, were initially set up on September 1, 2001, to serve the minority population in and around Beijing.


According to the original program schedule ( ), Program Four of the Central People's Broadcasting Station was to be broadcasted through FM 101.8 MHz primarily to Beijing area in Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, Kazakh and Korean languages. Each of the five language programs were to be aired for two hours daily. According to the new program schedule posted on the agency's official website ( ), these minority language services are totally replaced with a Chinese language program called "City Voice" since June 16, 2003. The authorities did not give any explanation as to why this change has taken place.





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