CEO, United States Agency for Global Media
CEO Lansing regularly comments on issues important to U.S. international media via blog posts, tweets, statements, and op-eds. View highlights from each below and visit their archives.
Yesterday’s decision to re-investigate two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists has one purpose and one purpose only: to telegraph to the world that a free media is meaningless to the Cambodian government, and its presence must be actively suppressed.
"...we are nothing if not adaptive. The changing world demands from us an agility that allows us to meet the unique needs of truth-starved audiences, no matter the disinformation tactics or restrictions on free media under which they struggle."
USAGM welcomes the release of Stanislav Aseyev and Oleh Halaziuk, RFE/RL Ukrainian Service contributors held captive by Russia-backed separatists since 2017. Their release was part of a prisoner exchange between Ukrainian authorities and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Since 1992, almost 800 journalists have been murdered for nothing more than simply reporting the news. In nine out of ten of these cases, their killers will go unpunished. This grave failure of justice for our fallen colleagues is a travesty. We must not only honor their memory and their brave legacies but also urge governments around the world to immediately end impunity for those who have committed crimes against journalists.