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Why the BBC World Service matters for development

A global public good like the communication of sensible and unbiased information is a vital factor in development progress and human rights.

Is it too late to save the BBC World Service? The cuts announced in January include the closure of the Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian services, the end of programming in languages such as Mandarin, Russian, Turkish and Vietnamese, and the cessation of shortwave transmission in Hindi, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Swahili and of the Great Lakes service (for Rwanda and Burundi).

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