The staying power of Radio Martí is a testament to the importance of a free flow of information. It is a profound and personal honor to be part of an institution that has made such a positive impact on the daily lives of people throughout the island.García-Pérez said Radio Martí reaches audiences in Cuba using everything from satellite and shortwave radio to websites, flash drives and mobile apps. He said:
At each step of the way, the Cuban government has tried to stop us. But we have been undeterred and by pursuing creative media alternatives we have ensured that our professional journalism reaches Cuba.The OCB oversees Radio & TV Martí. The U.S. government-financed operation says it provides everything from daily newscasts and TV documentaries to "snackable content" for the web and mobile devices.
Over the past three decades, Radio Martí has reporting on a number of landmark stories, including:
- Glasnost and Perestroika reforms in the Soviet Union,
- The fall of the Berlin Wall,
- The 1994 "Cuban Exodus" and development of the so called "wet foot/dry foot" policy,
- Pope John Paul's visit to Cuba in 1998,
- The Elian Gonzalez saga,
- Cuba's Black Spring, in which more than 75 dissidents, including 29 journalists, were imprisoned,
- The death of prominent activists Oswaldo Paya and Laura Pollan,
- The release of American Alan Gross and the announcement of an opening of U.S.-Cuban relations.