A State Department-funded disinformation group that works to blacklist media outlets for having “opaque ownership structures” is fighting to keep its donors and leaders in the dark, a violation of its own transparency recommendations.
The Global Disinformation Index made the unprecedented move of redacting the name of its largest donor, as well as those of its board members, executives, and accountants, in IRS tax filings for two affiliated nonprofit groups, the Washington Examiner reported . A lawyer for the index said the redactions were necessary because the group’s leaders were victims of a “harassment campaign” following reports that the group colluded with advertisers to hurt conservative media organizations.
The Global Disinformation Index’s lack of operational and funding transparency could open it up to charges of hypocrisy by Republican lawmakers investigating the State Department for funding the group in 2020 and 2021. The group, which […]
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