BBG Watch Commentary
A former political prisoner in communist-ruled Cuba who now lives in exile in the United States and works as a journalist for the U.S. taxpayer-funded Radio and Television Martí in the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which together with the Voice of America (VOA) and several other broadcasters is managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), was deeply offended by reports posted on VOA English and VOA Spanish websites which referred to Fidel Castro as “the icon of the Cold War” but failed to mention human rights abuses in Cuba under his dictatorial rule.
The Radio and TV Martí journalist was reacting to recent text reports about Fidel Castro on the VOA websites. The VOA English-language website did have a video report which accurately described Castro as a perpetrator of some of the worst human rights abuses.
Radio and TV Marti operates separately from the Voice of America and generally avoids one-sided, biased, ideologically-motivated and partisan reporting which became common at VOA during the last two years. The agency has consolidated its last place in employee morale in the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). Many employees fear retaliation from the management and are reluctant to speak out. Because of the fear of retaliation, we are not releasing the name of the Radio and TV Martí journalist who complained about the VOA reporting on Fidel Castro.
Top executives in charge of VOA and BBG, Amanda Bennett and John Lansing, are both Obama-era holdovers who lack prior experience in overseeing international news broadcasting, U.S. public diplomacy or federal government operations. While still in charge of the State Department and serving as an ex-officio member of the BBG Board, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2013 “practically defunct” and and said that the agency was losing the information war.
Radio And TV Marti Journalist
November 25, 2017 at 9:08 pm
“I could not continue reading the Voice of America article. It is truly offensive for me as a Cuban political ex-prisoner. For VOA to say that ‘Fidel’ is or was an ‘Icon’ affected me a lot.” …
SEE: Voice of America English and Spanish texts ignore human rights abuses under Fidel Castro, BBG Watch, November 25, 2017.