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VOA Director’s Statement on VOA’s Exclusion from Facebook’s News Content Labeling Policy

VOA - A Free Press Matters
VOA - A Free Press Matters

The Voice of America welcomes Facebook management’s decision to maintain a clear distinction between state-controlled and public service media in its news content labeling policy.

Facebook’s decision to label only media outlets “that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government as state-controlled media” clearly excludes publicly funded media like VOA with a legal firewall that ensures complete editorial independence.

Since first codified in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, VOA’s firewall continues to ensure the integrity of its journalism and its journalists and the prevention of “any undue influence or pressure on VOA by another U.S. government agency or official.