United States Agency for Global Media

Fact Sheets

Regional Priorities

USAGM is prioritizing resources to ensure that its activities advance the broad foreign policy priorities of the United States, including the universal values of freedom and democracy. To this end, USAGM is targeting its resources strategically to provide accurate and credible news and information for audiences most impacted by state-sponsored disinformation and violent extremism, particularly by campaigns of terror. These audiences are located, among other places, in Russia and its periphery, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, and Cuba and nations threatened by extremist attacks


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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and attempted annexation of Crimea in 2014, USAGM has added or expanded 35+ programs for audiences in Russia and its periphery. The strength of this USAGM effort comes from the combination of radio, television and digital programming from the traditional Russian services at VOA and RFE/RL.


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USAGM’s primary objective is to provide accurate news and information that increases Iranian audience’s understanding of current events, and helps them form opinions on the policy decisions being made at home and abroad that affect their lives. Additionally, USAGM aims to encourage young people to find their voice, and supports citizen journalism to increase audience participation and strengthen civil society.

North Korea

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VOA and RFA broadcast on shortwave, medium wave, and satellite radio, delivering 42 hours and 24.5 hours of original weekly programming respectively. In addition to regular news and information programs on radio, in 2017 VOA and RFA launched a jointly-produced video project to counter North Korean government propaganda by showing North Koreans the reality of life outside North Korea.

Countering Violent Extremism

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The long-term USAGM goal of supporting free, open, and democratic societies serves U.S. interests around the world because these societies tend to be more peaceful and prosperous and are less likely to threaten their neighbors or harbor extremists. USAGM networks aim to achieve this goal through programming and efforts which prevent radicalization, build resilience within communities, engage audiences, establish platforms for their voices to be heard and disrupt extremist narratives through credible, fact-based journalism.

Regional Strategy

Improved accountability and impact measurement is one of the five USAGM strategic priorities set by CEO John Lansing. To ensure accountability and a shared understanding of plans and priorities, each USAGM language service develops annual strategies, including target audiences, priority goals, and impact indicators from the USAGM Impact Model.


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The U.S. Agency for Global Media’s (USAGM) strategy for Pakistan is to tap into the youth population through innovative multimedia programming. In its effort to provide alternatives to extremist ideologies, attacks on free expression, and anti-American sentiments, which flourish within Pakistan, USAGM is also making a concerted effort to develop a counter-narrative through its original programming.


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USAGM provides objective news, information and content for the people of Afghanistan and
seeks to engage with target audiences during a critical transition period in the country’s
political history.


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Polygraph.info and Faktograph.info are fact-checking websites produced by Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in English and Russian.


USAGM networks bring news and information to people around the world in 59 languages. Every week, more than 278 million listeners, viewers and Internet users around the world turn on, tune in and log onto U.S. international broadcasting programs. USAGM networks produce more than 3,000 hours of original programming each week.


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VOA broadcasts 1,800 hours of radio and television programming each week to an estimated audience of 236.8 million people. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video and nearly 3,000 media outlets worldwide.


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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reaches more than 31 million people every week with locally-oriented, multimedia content that promotes democratic values and institutions in 20 countries where a free press is banned or not fully established.


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Cuba has one of the world ‘s most restrictive media environments. Despite consistent jamming by the Cuban government, OCB reaches audiences on the island through a variety of high- and low-tech solutions.


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RFA utilizes on-the-ground reporters and stringers, as well as vast networks of cultivated in-country sources, citizen journalists, and eyewitnesses who provide leads, tips, images and video for RFA’s reports.


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The Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) is a 24/7 Arabic-language media organization. l focus on stories not found on other media outlets in the region, providing a voice to independent, reformist thinkers.