Do publicly funded media and broadcast organizations still have a place in democracies? What challenges do independent, public service media face in a world where democracy is "under siege?"

Has VOA consistently provided independent journalism to its audiences?

Has VOA served as a mouthpiece of the American government or its leaders now, or in the past?

Please join Acting VOA Director Yolanda López and a distinguished panel as we discuss this topic.

Voice of America: Recognizing 80 Years – and Counting – of Independent Journalism

Introduction: Yolanda López, Acting VOA Director
Moderator: Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, VOA Zimbabwe Service Chief
Sanford Ungar, Former VOA Director & Director of the Free Speech Project, Georgetown University
Ann Cooper, Professor Emerita, Columbia Journalism School
Roya Mahboob, Entrepreneur from Afghanistan and founder of the Afghan Robotics Team
Nicholas Cull, Professor of Communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Voice of America: Recognizing 80 Years – and Counting – of Independent Journalism
Link to the live program:

02/03/22 1:00pm - 02/03/22 2:00pm

The time for the virtual event is EST.
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