President Trump Criticizes VOA Coverage of China's COVID-19 Response [April 28, 2020]   [open pdf - 548KB]

From the Document: "On April 10, 2020, the White House included in its online '1600 Daily' summary of key news and events a statement entitled 'Voice of America Spends Your Money to Speak for Authoritarian Regimes.' The statement referred to a Voice of America (VOA) story and two posts that, it asserted, 'amplified Beijing's propaganda' about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The statement criticized VOA for running an Associated Press article on its website on April 7, 2020, which referred to Wuhan's lockdown as a 'model' for other countries battling the coronavirus. The White House statement provided an image of part of a March 31, 2020, VOA Facebook post, which included a graphic showing that the U.S. COVID-19 death toll had surpassed China's then-official tally. On April 7, 2020, a VOA tweet showed a video of a light show put on by the Wuhan government to mark the end of the city's lockdown. VOA operates under the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent, federal entity whose mission is to' provide unbiased news and information in countries where the press is restricted.' Voice of America released a response to the White House statement, asserting that 'VOA has thoroughly debunked' Chinese government and state-run disinformation and propaganda related to the pandemic, and that 'we are free to show all sides of an issue and are actually mandated to do so by law,' unlike Chinese media."

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