US Government-Backed Journalists Left Stranded in Afghanistan

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U.S. government-backed journalists are stranded in Afghanistan, according to multiple media reports.

More than 100 employees with the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) – which includes outlets such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) – were promised by the State Department that they would be evacuated only to be left behind as the U.S. military left Afghanistan on Monday after almost 20 years of war there.

RFE/RL journalists made several trips to the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul, where the evacuations were taking place, only to not make it inside.

“You would have expected that the United States government, which helped create the space for journalism and civil society in
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