The advocacy of BBG member Victor Ashe is a shot in the arm for VOA contract employees.

Posted: 03 Feb 2012

Knoxville News Sentinel, 30 Jan 2012, Georgiana Vine: "A flu shot campaign has resulted in former U.S. Ambassador and Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe becoming an advocate for contract workers. Ashe is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a federal agency that manages U.S. government-funded news and information broadcasts in Europe and Asia. It has a reputation of having low morale among the federal employees, who do the bulk of the work, but also has a high percentage of contract workers, Ashe said. Besides the flu shot issue, Ashe has raised questions about long delays in payments to contract employees, a situation that was reported following a Jan. 13 meeting by BBGWatcher, a Washington, D.C.-based blog. Ashe, a Republican member of BBG since 2010, said he visits different work sections of the agency when he attends meetings in Washington, D.C., to familiarize himself with programs."

Wilmington (DE) News Journal, 28 Jan 2012, former BBG member Ted Kaufman: "It has always amazed me how we Americans take freedom of speech for granted. I spent thirteen years on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush, The Board oversees all non-military U.S. government broadcasting abroad, including the Voice of America. I saw time and again how governments around the world frustrate freedom of speech and freedom of the press. There are still countries that throw dissidents in jail and close media outlets. But more often, governments use more nuanced methods. They enact laws to define who can be a journalist and what constitutes libel, and control what is permitted on the Internet. The existing SOPA and PIPA bills would have made it easy for businesses to limit speech with no prior notice or judicial hearing. They could have shut down websites by filing a notice alleging the site was 'dedicated to the theft of U.S. property.' Perhaps some web pages should be closed, but this is a very slippery slope. Maintaining real freedom of speech on the Internet must be our paramount concern."

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