Thursday, February 2

Short wave, the old trusted BBC to circumvent censorship in Russia | Digital Trends Spanish

Cutting-edge technology has its weaknesses. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) knows this well, one of the many media outlets that were silenced in Russia after the Kremlin-orchestrated invasion of Ukraine.

The British broadcaster was first silenced online after Moscow authorities blocked access to its services. “It is often said that the truth is the first casualty of war,” lamented the firm’s CEO, Tim Davie.

The newspaper Guardian He asserted that the availability of the BBC website was at 17% of normal levels in Russia, as estimated by Globalcheck, a consultancy that assesses internet censorship in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

To circumvent Russian censorship, the BBC had only to turn to an obsolete technology: shortwave radio. At press time, it broadcast news in English in Ukraine and parts of Russia on frequencies 15,735 kHz and 5,875 kHz for four hours.

The London media explained that shortwave radio “uses frequencies that can travel long distances and are accessible on portable radios.” For this reason, it has historically become “the most used method to reach listeners in conflict zones.” In fact, it was widely used in Europe to broadcast propaganda during World War II and the Cold War.

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