The Voice of America (VOA), America’s multimedia agency that broadcasts neutral news to audiences around the world, where independent media coverage is lacking, is not extending visas for foreign journalists who work for the organization.
According to The Hill:
Foreign reporters who work for Voice of America (VOA) will not get their visas extended once they expire, according to an NPR report.
NPR, citing three anonymous sources, said Michael Pack, the CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), has signaled he will not approve the visa renewals. USAGM, formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is the agency that runs state-owned media, including VOA.
Pack was first tagged for the top job by President Trump in 2018, but was only confirmed by the Senate this June.
The decision not to renew visas could hobble VOA’s operations, as the media conglomerate depends on native speakers of foreign languages to produce its content.
Foreign rivals have criticized the agency as producing pro-America propaganda.