BBG – USAGM Watch Commentary

Iran-born American journalist Mahtab Farid continues to point out serious management problems at the Voice of America (VOA) Persian Service which have been lingering, according to many critics, for many years. Independent experts hired by the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), known before 2018 as the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), concluded in an American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) study issued in late 2017 that some of its broadcasts to Iran helped to spread propaganda and disinformation from the Iranian Islamic regime.

In one of her previous Facebook post Farid criticized Voice of America director Amanda Bennett:

“With all due respect Ms. Amanda Bennett, the Persian Service reporters haven’t left their desks for the recent unrest in Iran, so no need to worry. Your poor coverage of the protests in Iran have been beyond embarrassing. Please stop acting as if Persian service did something extraordinary.”

Mahtab Farid’s latest post is from December 27, 2019.