Iraq has been jamming the Voice of America (VOA) and other foreign radio broadcasts in an attempt to keep the Iraqi people from getting information about the worldwide condemnation of their country's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait, U.S. officials said yesterday.

The officials said that immediately after the invasion, the VOA, the radio arm of the U.S. Information Agency, increased its Arabic language broadcasts to the Middle East from 7 1/2 to 9 3/4 hours a day. But, they added, beginning on Aug. 2, the Iraqis began heavy jamming in both Iraq and Kuwait of the VOA, the British Broadcasting Corp. and Turkish and Egyptian radio stations normally received in the two Persian Gulf countries.

As a result, the officials continued, the only news easily available to people within Iraq and Kuwait comes from the official government-controlled local radio, television and print media. The content was described by one U.S. official as "incredibly heavy-handed glorification of the invasion and of {Iraqi President} Saddam Hussein as savior of the Arab world."

That description was borne out by a sample of broadcasts from Iraq monitored in the West during the past week. Many of them were repetitions of statements by Saddam and his spokesmen justifying the occupation of Kuwait as a reuniting of the Arab state that had been divided by the colonialism of the pre-war era.

Accompanying that theme has been a strong rhetorical attempt to portray outside criticism of Iraq's actions as a Zionist-imperialist plot organized by Israel and the United States in league with reactionary Arab governments.

For example, on Aug. 5, the newspaper Al Jumhuriyah hailed the establishment of an Iraqi-controlled provisional government in Kuwait as refuting "the mendacity of the imperialist and Zionist circles' slander about the reality of changes in the fraternal country."

The following day, the same newspaper dismissed an Arab League resolution denouncing the invasion as "repeating the terms and descriptions used by the American, Western and Zionist media to discredit the noble Iraqi initiative against rulers who have conducted corruption and plundered Kuwait's riches which originally are Arab wealth."

VOA officials said that in an effort to penetrate Iraqi jamming, they have used both medium- and short-wave broadcasts to Iraq and Kuwait and, in addition to their regular Arabic programming, have added a 15-minute Arabic news broadcast that is sent at different times in hopes of evading the jamming. However, they acknowledged that they have no clear idea of how much outside broadcasting is getting through.

Since Tuesday, the VOA also has been broadcasting in a manner that bypasses regular radio channels and allows people with satellite dishes to receive its transmissions through their television sets. The hope is that this system will allow large numbers to tune in to the VOA, particularly in Kuwait where large numbers of people have satellite dishes.