Deutsche Welle Russian Service: Office closed, back to the Shortwaves?

Deutsche Welle (DW) was considering a return to shortwave for its Russian language service and was checking with airtime providers, DARC Radio, a weekly program broadcast on shortwave by Germany’s main ham radio association, reported on Sunday, quoting “first-hand information”.
There appear to be no other reports that would support or confirm this, however, at least not online, and not from DW itself.

Deutsche Welle’s Moscow bureau had closed on February 4, following a ban by Russian authorities, apparently in retaliation for an earlier ban on broadcasts by Russia’s RT in Germany.

Michaela Küfner, a Deutsche Welle reporter, travelled with federal chancellor Scholz’ delegation to Moscow on Tuesday and asked the first question at the Putin-Scholz press conference that followed the talks between the two leaders. The closing-down of DW’s Moscow bureau was also discussed in the Putin-Scholz meeting of several hours.

The German chancellor’s visit was formally considered an inaugural visit, but probably mainly served collective Western efforts to deal with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine and Russia-NATO tensions.


From Nordstream Country with love: a DW QSL card featuring the Cathedral of Schwerin, capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

2 Comments to “Deutsche Welle Russian Service: Office closed, back to the Shortwaves?”

  1. There’s a debate about banning RT in the UK and honestly I’m not sure who is right. On the one hand it is the mouthpiece of an aggressive, enemy dictatorship, and allows them to influence UK politicians by giving them airtime and payments (including the former Labour party leader). On the other, it is watched by few people and the Russians will expel the BBC from Russia in revenge if it is banned. This means, amongst other things, no more Russian reports from the excellent Steve Rosenberg.

    Germany’s solution cannot be said to be the wrong one though.

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  2. In case of a doubt, inaction is better than action. That said, we are moving into another era where information will have to be gathered by remote – and it doesn’t actually have to be worse than right from the place.
    Researchers especially are compromising themselves when they value access to Chinese sources over independence.
    They’d never admit that they do, but I’m sure it is frequently the case.
    Same with journalists.


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