United States Agency for Global Media

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 employs objet trouvé, or found object.

Almigdad Mojalli

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs 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.   

USAGM Congratulates Nobel Peace Prize Winners

The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) congratulates journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who were named winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The recognition highlights the importance of a free press in a time when disinformation runs rife, press freedom is in decline globally, and the need for access to uncensored news and information is greater than ever.

Mohammed Ali Nuxurkey

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series drawing and multi-media assemblage.