The new head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media is coming under scrutiny for purging the directors and advisory boards of several U.S. government-funded media outlets, including Voice of America. On the Trend Lines podcast this week, WPR’s Elliot Waldman discussed these worries with David Ensor.
Press Freedom and Safety
President Donald Trump’s new CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media is making sweeping changes at Voice of America and other government-funded news outlets under his control. For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, David Ensor joins WPR’s Elliot Waldman to discuss concerns about the politicization of VOA.
Liberia is preparing to lift the state of emergency that has been in place since April to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as President George Weah declared that the outbreak had been sufficiently contained. But the pandemic has raised troubling questions about freedom of the press in the country.