VOA: Analysts Cite Credibility As Key In Its 9th Decade Beginning This Month

A panel of media and foreign affairs experts gathered February 3 in Washington to assess America’s largest publicly-financed media organization at a landmark historic week in Voice history. Among them: —VOA Acting Director Yolanda Lopez —Sanford (Sandy) Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and Former VOA Director —Roya Mahboob of Afghanistan’s…

No Discernable Progress In Ukraine Talks

Shortly after Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on January 19, the Voice of America gained an authoritative readout from America’s top diplomat on how Washington views the Ukraine crisis. During an exclusive Kiev interview with Secretary Blinken shortly after his meeting with Mr. Zelensky, VOA’s East Europe…

VOA Staff Protests Against Attempted Censorship Erupt in Waning Days of the Trump Administration

Less than a week before the end of President Trump’s term in office January 20, at least 30 VOA journalists and staff members petitioned for the immediate resignation of its new director Robert R. Reilly, and his recently appointed deputy director Elizabeth Robbins.  As the Washington Post reported: “Simmering tensions between journalists and managers at…

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1. A CHILLING WAKE-UP CALL AND THE “INFORMATION WAR”: As Americans — and people around the world — continue to struggle to understand the stomach-churning January 6, 2021 insurrection in the Capitol and the historic second impeachment of President Trump, one concern is crying out for attention: the intersection between democracy and technology. Policymakers, social media…