According to two fellow reporters at an event at VOA headquarters, a Voice of America reporter has been reappointed and defeated the White House.
Potty Vidakuswara, who has covered the White House for VOA since 2018, questioned Pompeo after delivering a speech on Monday and sat down for a question and answer session conducted by VOA director Robert Reilly.
A former VOA director and conservative commentator, Reilly was named last month to head the broadcaster by Michael Pack, head of the US Agency of Global Media that oversees VOA and other government-funded media outlets . The Pack has presided over an uproar over the agency, marked by bipartisan criticism from senior managers, court battles and congress and condemnation by press freedom groups.
Vimakuswara can be heard trying to ask a question at the end of the live broadcast of Pompeo’s appearance, and he tried to ask her questions again after leaving the VOA building in Washington.
In Video It can be posted on his Twitter account, can be heard on video Ask What he is doing to improve the American reputation after last week’s storm by Pompeo Trump’s pro-mob crowd and if after the election he regrets that there will be a second Trump term.
According to the video, Pompeo did not answer his questions.
Vidakusuva was later removed from his White House job on Monday and should have been a radio pool reporter on Air Force One for a scheduled visit on Tuesday. VOA ordered him not to travel, two VOA journalists told NBC News familiar with the matter.
The VOA’s press office did not respond to a request for comment regarding the reassessment of Vidakuswara, a report previously reported by NPR and the Washington Post. Vidakurswara did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pompeo came to the defense of the pack in his speech on Monday, thanking him for his leadership and saying VOA had lost its way to foreign audiences by being too serious in its coverage of the US.
Pompeo said in his speech, “its broadcast became less about telling the truth about America and often about degrading America.”
“Voice of America has lost its voice, but it is back on the road,” he said.
In VOA and other US-fund broadcasters from Congress and current and former staff members, including Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, the pack has launched an investigation into journalists and outlets into a publicity vehicle for Trump Has demanded to be commissioned.
A federal judge ruled against the pack in November, effectively banning him from making personnel decisions or interfering with editorial actions at media outlets. In October, a Washington DC Superior Court judge ruled that the pack did not have the authority to evict management of the US-funded non-profit, Open Technology Fund, an anti-censorship used by civil society groups and journalists Develops software and apps. Oppressive country.