United States Agency for Global Media

Statement by CEO Lansing on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

I am deeply troubled by the sudden disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, and I join the united call from media, government and human rights officials for information about his whereabouts.

Unfortunately, this incident is part of a growing global trend of threats against the press. Every day journalists around the world, including those who work for the five networks of U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)—Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks—face dangers to their lives and livelihoods for simply reporting the truth.

Corrupt and repressive governments around the world share a common trait: the desire to control information and suppress free media. As such, they are threatened by independent journalists and often criminalize their indispensable work.

No one, especially governments, should be allowed to silence journalists. USAGM, like Khashoggi, understands that an informed world is a safer world, and it is a prerequisite for democracy to work.


John F. Lansing

Chief Executive Officer and Director

The CEO and Director oversees all aspects of U.S. international media. He provides day-to-day management of USAGM’s operations, including oversight of the technical, professional, and administrative support as well as strategic guidance and management of other programs.