WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Accountability Foundation (AAF) filed a lawsuit against Voice of America (VOA) for failing to respond to 58 Freedom of Information Request Act (FOIA) requests throughout their investigation into allegations that VOA was amplifying anti-American and pro-Islamist reporting, both targeting Iranians in the region and Iranian-Americans.
“Voice of America and USAGM have a history of pushing partisan propaganda and manipulating the visa system to benefit shady foreign nationals,” Tom Jones, AAF Founder, said. “Now, while using American taxpayer dollars, they are openly violating FOIA rules to shield their bad behavior from the public.”
VOA is an arm of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) and is responsible for providing objective news and information in 47 languages, including in Persian in the nation of Iran. As AAF points out in the lawsuit, locals in this region have raised concerns that “VOA has been infiltrated by anti-American, pro-Islamic state interests, and that the message of VOA had been compromised in a manner that was biased toward the Islamic state factions in Iran.”
These concerns, however, are not just locals from the region. They are also voiced by Iranian-Americans whom the program appears to be targeting. Their concerns include biased coverage and using VOA to facilitate immigration visas for individuals close to the Islamic Republic government.
While AAF requested communications between VOA staff and individuals in Middle Eastern countries, VOA has failed to comply to produce the records which are covered under FOIA.
Breitbart covered the story here.