United States Agency for Global Media

Vira Hyrch

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series is made using digital art techniques.

Mukarram Khan Aatif

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series stacks layers of cut metal to form an abstract portrait.

USAGM CEO condemns Iran’s sanctioning of RFE/RL president

 “This action by officials in Tehran is clearly part of their strategy to limit Iranian citizens’ access to uncensored information and intimidate those who seek the truth,” said Bennett. “The people of Iran have shown great courage in their fight for freedom. Despite the Iranian regime’s escalating attacks on the free press, independent journalists, and the open exchange of ideas, USAGM will not be deterred in our mission to provide audiences in Iran with independent, fact-based journalism.” 

Amanda Bennett sworn in as USAGM CEO

This Week, USAGM CEO Amanda Bennett was sworn in at a ceremonial investiture event at USAGM headquarters, after her bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate in September to lead the independent federal agency. The ceremony began with a presentation highlighting the diverse, global workforce that makes up USAGM and its entities. Former Acting CEO of USAGM Kelu Chao described Bennett as “a thoughtful, visionary, and fair-minded journalist, and an inspiring and fearless leader (who) will fight to make sure the news—good or bad—gets to our audiences everywhere.” 

Ali Nur Siad

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series is in the style of objet trouvé, or found object.

Almigdad Mojalli

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series is made up of multiple linoleum block prints.

RFE/RL suspends operations in Russia following Kremlin attacks

currRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has suspended its operations in Russia after local tax authorities initiated bankruptcy proceedings against RFE/RL’s Russian entity on March 4 and police intensified pressure on its journalists. These Kremlin attacks on RFE/RL’s ability to operate in Russia are the culmination of a years-long pressure campaign against RFE/RL, which has maintained a physical presence in Russia since 1991 when it established its Moscow bureau at the invitation of then-President Boris Yeltsin.

USAGM condemns Kremlin’s increasing censorship, responds to a surge in demand for reporting from its networks

Despite the Russian government’s attempted censorship of Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), there has been a surge in demand for their content, including their collaborative 24/7 Russian-language channel Current Time. In response, USAGM is expanding program delivery and access with the addition of more affiliate stations in and around Russia and the help of the Open Technology Fund’s tools and resources to circumvent internet censorship.