United States Agency for Global Media

From the CEO

Statement on the release of RFE/RL journalists

December 31, 2019

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.

The modernization of U.S. international media

December 20, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the vital work we are doing and the blend of success and challenges we face. I am struck by how far USAGM has come, not just in the past year, but in the past few years. USAGM has embraced change and is using it to become a more modern, nimble and impactful media agency than ever. I hope you will take a moment to explore these transformations here.

The changing weapons of disinformation

September 18, 2019

"...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."

Embarking on reform of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting

May 21, 2019

As part of a wholesale review, a panel of independent experts examined an extensive sample of OCB content to identify and address any patterns of unethical, unprofessional, biased, or sub-standard journalism. The results of that panel are presented in this report.

Fighting for press freedom, today and everyday

May 3, 2019

Today we commemorate World Press Freedom Day, an opportunity to address press freedom challenges, shine a spotlight on journalist safety and honor our fallen journalists. As the head of the USAGM, and as a journalist myself, I cannot underscore enough the necessity of raising these issues every day.

Statement from CEO John F. Lansing on Truong Duy Nhat

February 11, 2019

I am deeply concerned by the disappearance of Radio Free Asia (RFA) Vietnamese contributor Truong Duy Nhat, who is believed to have been abducted in Bangkok, Thailand where he had traveled to seek political asylum.

CEO Statement on Office of Cuba Broadcasting piece on George Soros

October 29, 2018

It was brought to my attention this weekend that the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), which is overseen by the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), earlier this year aired a video segment about George Soros that is inconsistent with our professional standards and ethics. USAGM networks’ content is required to adhere to the highest standards of professional journalism.