By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-21-20
U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) CEO Michael Pack’s rip-and-replace approach to the agency’s Open Technology Fund last month has run into a big legal problem – a court has concluded he likely does not have the authority to do so.
OTF is an independent nonprofit funded by USAGM that promotes internet freedom and opposes censorship and surveillance. It began as a program of Radio Free Asia but morphed into an independent operation with its own board of directors, though still funded by USAGM.
After Pack removed the board members and officers, they sought an injunction against the collective removal.
In a ruling handed down Tuesday (July 21), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the injunction and reinstated the former members, for now. » Read More