WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies had a conversation with Broadcasting Board of Governors CEO and Director John Lansing in which he discussed the agency's latest efforts to provide audiences around the world with unfettered access to unbiased and accurate information.
"Through lies, intimidation, manipulation, barriers to internet access or more subtle and sophisticated uses of half-truths and innuendo, our adversaries are using information to create an alternate reality," Lansing said.
He added that the "weaponization of information" can be seen in efforts to disrupt the essence of democratic institutions. As part of its efforts to counter revisionist propaganda, the BBG has increased programming aimed at Russians and Russian speakers. The BBG chief says the agency will continue to target areas around the world where information is tightly controlled and where press freedom remains under attack.
"The United States is a safer place when civil society and democracy is growing and flourishing around the world. The tool of objective independent professional journalism helps keep the world safer overall."
The complete conversation can be seen here: https://www.bbg.gov/2016/10/31/global-media-foreign-policy-public-engagement/
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