Press Freedom

The Hill: US Agency for Global Media reinstates employees dismissed under Trump

US Agency for Global Media reinstates employees dismissed under Trump This article features our Senior Counsel David Seide and client Grant Turner and was originally published here. The agency overseeing Voice of America has reinstated five whistleblowers who were all fired on the same day last year by Trump officials. The U.S. Agency for Global [...]

NPR: Trump Official Cited Security To Kill Visas For VOA Staffers. Emails Say Otherwise

Trump Official Cited Security To Kill Visas For VOA Staffers. Emails Say Otherwise This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. Nabila Ganinda was awaiting a green light from the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The agency had hired Ganinda, a young Indonesian journalist, to work for two years at the Voice [...]

Voice of America: USAGM Head Resigns Following Biden Request

USAGM Head Resigns Following Biden Request  This article features our Senior Counsel David Seide and was originally published here. WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media stepped down Wednesday afternoon at the request of President Joe Biden shortly after Biden took office. Michael Pack served for just over seven tumultuous months as the [...]

NBC News: Controversial Trump appointee overseeing VOA resigns at Biden’s request

Controversial Trump appointee overseeing VOA resigns at Biden's request This article features our Senior Counsel David Seide and was originally published here. WASHINGTON — The Trump appointee overseeing the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded broadcasters resigned on Wednesday at the request of the Biden administration, after a tumultuous tenure marked by accusations he was undermining the networks' [...]

The Washington Post: Voice of America overseer spent $2 million investigating employees, complaint alleges

Voice of America overseer spent $2 million investigating employees, complaint alleges This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. The head of Voice of America’s parent agency hired a law firm at a rate of about $500 an hour and spent $2 million in taxpayer funds to compile personnel dossiers on managers [...]

The Guardian: VOA journalists call on director to resign over ‘propaganda event’ for Pompeo

VOA journalists call on director to resign over ‘propaganda event’ for Pompeo This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. A coalition of Voice of America journalists has called for the director of the organization and his deputy to resign, alleging in a letter they retaliated against a veteran reporter for questioning Secretary of [...]

Voice of America: Whistleblowers Demand VOA Director Resign Over Pompeo Speech, Staff Moves

Whistleblowers Demand VOA Director Resign Over Pompeo Speech, Staff Moves This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. WASHINGTON - Twenty-six journalists have demanded that Voice of America’s director resign after a series of alleged retaliatory measures and firewall violations culminated in the reassignment of one of VOA’s most high-profile reporters. A [...]

ShadowProof: Making US Propaganda Exceptional Again: Mike Pompeo’s Voice of America Speech

Making US Propaganda Exceptional Again: Mike Pompeo’s Voice of America Speech This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. During the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed his efforts to incite greater conflict between the United States and Iran. He also used Voice of America (VOA) [...]

Press Release: Voice of America Whistleblowers Protest “Reassignment” of White House Correspondent After Questioning Secretary of State Pompeo During VOA Speech

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2021 Voice of America Whistleblowers Protest “Reassignment” of White House Correspondent After Questioning Secretary of State Pompeo During VOA Speech WASHINGTON—Today, whistleblowers notified the political leadership of Voice of America (VOA) and its parent agency, the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), that their summary removal of VOA White House [...]

The Hill: Pompeo accused of politicizing VOA in speech calling for press freedom

Pompeo accused of politicizing VOA in speech calling for press freedom This article features our Senior Counsel David Seide and was originally published here. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set off alarms among ethics experts and whistleblowers this week when he leaned into his criticism of Voice of America (VOA) during a speech broadcast live by the government-funded media [...]

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