BBG Watch Commentary
Even though Christmas is here and New Year is just around the corner, this is hardly a happy time for many of Voice of America’s (VOA) Mandarin Service employees. They could certainly use a little cheer and gestures of support from their VOA colleagues. If you know any of them, let them know and their co-workers in the VOA China Branch and East Asia and Pacific Division that you are thinking of them at this time and will not forget them. Senior leaders of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), VOA’s parent federal agency, and VOA’s own top executives seem still determined to fire three Chinese-born VOA journalists and to discipline others for disagreeing with the management’s unfortunate directives to shorten the April 19 live interview with Chinese whistleblower Guo Wengui. These journalists need your support. A phone call, an email or a post on social media could mean a lot to them.
For foreign-born VOA journalists deeply committed to reporting on corruption and human rights violations in their native countries, being prevented to work by the management of the U.S. taxpayer-funded and U.S. government-managed organization, which they have loyally served for many years, is a horrific punishment. This is also especially hard to bear for their families. Let them know that you support them.