Tenth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 13:37:02 +0100 CET)

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Press release

1998 Clandestine Activity Survey

Clandestine activity on shortwave descreases for the sixth year in a row; 19 target areas remain still active. In 1998 the activity of political clandestine stations on shortwave has decreased by 16% to 1223 Weekly Broadcasting Hours (WBHs). This is the result of the latest Clandestine Activity Survey which has been published annually since 1986. From its high in 1990 with 2284 WBHs the activity has now dropped by almost 50%.

Activity on the Asian continent has decreased by 9% to 876 WBHs in 1998, on the American continent the activity has increased by 6% to 190 WBHs, while on the African continent the activity has dropped by 55% to now only 143 WBHs.

When compared with 12 months ago, the number of active target areas (countries) has decreased by two to 19. While there are no longer any active clandestine stations broadcasting to Cambodia, Guatemala and Angola, Papua New Guinea has once again been listed as active (after a one year break).

The three most active target areas worldwide are now Iraq with 292 WBHs (+38 when compared with last year), North Korea with 238 WBHs (unchanged) and Cuba with 162 WBHs (unchanged).

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See also Newsletter 22.

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