In December 1973, when I was still in the Soviet Union, The Gulag Archipelago was published in the West. VOA “” or, rather, one VOA announcer “” read an excerpt from Gulag on the air. Immediately, Radio Moscow started screaming that VOA had no right to interfere in the internal affairs of the Soviet Union, that the broadcast had fouled the international atmosphere. And what did VOA do? With the agreement of the State Department, it took the announcer off that assignment and forbade the reading of The Gulag Archipelago to Russia! More, for several years it was forbidden to quote Solzhenitsyn on VOA, so as not to discredit Communist propaganda.
That’s from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, “The Soft Voice of America,” National Review, April 30, 1982