Kremlin Escalates Fight With U.S.-Funded Journalists, Officials Say

The fight over the future of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has significant implications for press freedom across Russia.

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Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

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Biden Administration Removes Trump Allies from U.S.-Funded News Outlets

The Trump administration had been accused of trying to turn the federally funded news agencies into partisan mouthpieces for his presidency.

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Trump Appointee Seeks to Cut Off Funding for Global Internet Access Group

Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, is moving to stop federal funding of the Open Technology Fund, which develops tools that allow people to get around controls on internet access.

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Trump Appointee Might Not Extend Visas for Foreign Journalists at V.O.A.

The action could be a blow to the news-gathering abilities of Voice of America, an independently operated media agency funded by the government.

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New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say

A battle involving Michael Pack and a U.S.-funded tech group revolves around software from Falun Gong, the secretive, anti-Beijing spiritual movement with pro-Trump elements.

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Michael Pack, Chief of Media Agency, Dismisses Heads of U.S. News Outlets

The moves by Michael Pack, a Trump administration appointee, raised concerns that the news organizations would become partisan.

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New Boss May Test Voice of America’s Credibility

Over 280 million people a week depend on the V.O.A. for news. Its independence is why it is so trusted.

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V.O.A. Directors Resign After Bannon Ally Takes Charge of U.S. Media Agency

Amanda Bennett and Sandra Sugawara told Voice of America employees that they had offered their resignations to Michael Pack, a conservative activist pushed by President Trump.

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Michael Pack: Trump Pushes for Senate to Confirm Conservative to Run Voice of America

A key Senate committee has scheduled a vote on the long-stalled nomination of Michael Pack, an ally of Stephen K. Bannon, to run the agency in charge of the Voice of America. Employees are worried.

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