State Department funnels cash to foreign group to fight ‘disinformation’ amid GOP censorship scrutiny

The Biden administration is bankrolling a little-known foreign group to thwart “disinformation” in media, despite Congress exerting pressure on Democrats over similar initiatives GOP lawmakers have equated to state-sponsored “censorship,” records reveal.

For a program running until May 2024, the State Department has pledged $24,000 in taxpayer dollars to ESTIMA, a nonprofit organization in the southeast European country of North Macedonia, to “build capacity and resilience among media and journalists to address foreign disinformation and strengthen the media space against malign influence,” according to financial disclosures. ESTIMA, which employs ex-North Macedonian government aides in the landlocked country of around 2 million people, has also partnered with the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, an office facing congressional investigations following reporting from the Washington Examiner on it
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