Inspector General: Radio & TV Martí failed to communicate

In 2018, Radio and TV Martí broadcast a video raising conspiracy theories about Jewish philanthropist George Soros and calling him a “non-practicing Jew of flexible morals.” Lawmakers and others criticized the network, asking why U.S. taxpayers were funding anti-Semitic broadcasts. Eight staffers were eventually fired, the Miami Herald reported in 2019. The episode triggered investigations … Read more

U.S. gov’t pays $19 million to unnamed contractors

The U.S. Agency for Global Media paid $38,280,250 to artists, writers, performers and musical groups from 2018 to 2020, records show. Nearly half – $19,106,558 – were identified as “miscellaneous foreign contractors,” making it almost impossible to identify the recipients. Records named the remaining 258 contractors, who received a total of $19,173,692. The top three … Read more

Cuba broadcasting tied to U.S. national security

If a lack of funding triggers a government shutdown, any federal employees caught working face potential fines of up to $5,000 and two years in jail. But government activities considered necessary “for the safety of human life or the protection of property” or “for conducting foreign relations essential to national security” are allowed to continue … Read more

U.S. seeks media guru/Cuba expert

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is looking for a chief content officer. The position is based in Miami and pays $137,849 to $166,500 per year. No drug test is required, but applicants must undergo a thorough background check. Federal jobs are given risk and sensitivity factors depending on the position’s potential to cause harm. USAJobs.gov … Read more

Former official now on a path to redemption

A counterterrorism expert survived near-death experiences in Pakistan only to fall victim to his own creative yet fraudulent paperwork. Haroon Ullah, once a rising star at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, must spend three months in jail for cheating the federal government, a judge ruled last week. Ullah must also pay $34,388.63 in restitution … Read more