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.
The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is outraged by reports that more than 180 journalists – including from the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) – appear to have been targets of sophisticated military-grade spyware.
This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series drawing and multi-media assemblage.
Early this morning, Russian court bailiffs arrived at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Moscow bureau to notify the organization about the beginning of enforcement proceedings against the company for unpaid fines. This represents a serious escalation in the Russian government’s campaign to drive RFE/RL out of the country. RFE/RL President Jamie Fly criticized the Kremlin’s intensifying efforts against independent media and also refuted recent Russian Foreign Ministry claims that “foreign agent” labeling laws were somehow reflections of “media pluralism” within a “truly free society.”
“USAGM is very disappointed with the court’s decision, which can only be interpreted as an assault on media freedom and the free flow of information to Russia’s citizens. I have every confidence in RFE/RL as they continue to provide audiences in Russia with access to truthful, impactful reporting,” said USAGM Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kelu Chao.
This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs the illustrative and narrative style of graphic novels.
This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs wet media drawing on watercolor paper with permanent inks.
United States Agency for Global Media replaces leadership at its other networks sharing freedom of press principles
The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting Chief Executive Officer Kelu Chao has replaced the heads of the three U.S.-funded international broadcasting grantees. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA) and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) now have leadership that will promote democracy and other American values abroad.
United States Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack resigned yesterday after being informed by the Biden Administration that he would be removed. President Biden designated longtime USAGM journalist Kelu Chao as acting CEO and former president of Middle East Broadcasting Networks Brian Conniff as deputy director. Robert Reilly has also been removed as VOA director, and Yolanda López has been named as acting director. Deputy VOA director Elizabeth Robbins was also relieved of her duties. Jeffrey Shapiro resigned from his position as director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.
This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs egg tempera and gesso on a wood panel.
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