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Voice of America removes “Capitalism” from its approved vocabulary list

January 10, 2008

Recently, the Voice of America (VOA) removed the word “capitalism” from its Special English vocabulary list that all its English broadcasts to Third World countries are encouraged to use. Explaining the decision, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. agency in charge of U.S. broadcasting, stated that a word search of VOA scripts was done, and words that appear less frequently were replaced with words that are finding more frequent usage.

U.S. law dictates that U.S. broadcasting effectively presents the policies of the U.S. government which includes an economic policy based on individual rights, the rule of law, and private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth—in other words “capitalism.”

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