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Judge rules against Trump global media chief after firings
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( The Associated Press | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The ruling effectively bars U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack from making personnel decisions and interfering in editorial operations. Pack, a conservative filmmaker, Trump ally and onetime associate of former Trump political adviser Steve Bannon, made no secret of his intent to shake up the agency after taking over in June. In July, Pack had ordered an investigation into the posting of a video package featuring now President-elect Joe Biden on a VOA website. Fourteen senior VOA journalists sent a letter to management in August protesting Pack’s actions, including the dismissal of foreign journalists and his comments denigrating VOA staff, which they said were endangering their colleagues and the international broadcaster’s credibility. The global media agency did not immediately respond to a written request for comment on the ruling.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Michael Pack, Trump, Steve Bannon, Pack, , Beryl Howell, Pak, Joe Biden, Biden ”, ” Lee Crain Organizations: of, U.S . Agency for Global Media, Radio Free, Radio Liberty, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Open Technology Fund, VOA, Republicans, District of Columbia, Broadcasting, of Governors, Locations: Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, U.S
(CNN) The chief executive of the agency that oversees Voice of America and his team must stop investigating and interfering with the journalists employed there, a federal judge ruled Friday. In a 76-page ruling , US District Judge Beryl Howell found that Michael Pack , CEO of the US Agency for Global Media, and his team violated the First Amendment rights of its journalists. She also found that Pack and his team showed an "extensive pattern of penalizing those USAGM and network employees whom defendants regard as insufficiently supportive of President Trump." The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by five senior executives at USAGM whom Pack had fired or suspended in August. "Defendants' extensive pattern of penalizing those USAGM and network employees whom defendants regard as insufficiently supportive of President Trump has resulted in the termination, discipline, and investigation of multiple employees and journalists," the judge wrote in her ruling.
Persons: Beryl Howell, Michael Pack, President Trump, Pack, Read Organizations: CNN, America, US Agency for Global Media
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