(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.
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