The President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2024, sent to Congress on March 13, 2023, includes $944 million for USAGM.
As one of the largest media organizations in the world—our networks reached a record weekly audience of 410 million people last year, our brands are some of the most recognized and respected in key foreign markets, including Russia, China, and Iran. Programming produced by USAGM’s networks is delivered via radio, television, internet, social media, and mobile platforms.
Chief among the agency’s concerns are the information manipulation and media suppression tactics emanating from authoritarian governments in China, Russia, Iran, and others, who strive to undermine American values and incite political, economic, and humanitarian crises around the world. The agency will continue to build on its success telling America’s story as well as providing fact-based information and gaining trust in markets increasingly being targeted by the Chinese and Russian governments’ malign influence, including Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the broader Pacific.
The request also allows for an increase in investigative journalism and fact-checking labs, additional investment in tools to support internet freedom, and an increase in funding for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.