Should media content be labeled “foreign-agent produced?”

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken earlier this week rejected a Russian law requiring independent news organizations and some journalists to label their content as “foreign-agent produced” if they receive foreign funding. “The Secretary agreed that the Russian government’s efforts to silence independent journalism only harm the citizens it is meant to serve,” Kelu Chao, … Read more

Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

The U.S. government spent $204,478,658 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 2001 through 2019, records show. The top three recipients were: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $16,869,165 Pan-American Development Foundation, $16,098,509 International Republican Institute, $14,985,461 Most of the money – $121,801,254 – went toward “democratic participation and civil society.” Records show $23,516,054 … Read more

Promoting democracy or shaping a slanted narrative?

Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on projects aimed at boosting independent journalism and the free flow of information in Cuba. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, pay contractors to do the work. One contractor, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, … Read more