The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) is a nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to strengthen free flow of uncensored news from the United States to countries with restricted and developing media environments. CUSIB supports journalism in defense of media freedom and human rights and works closely with the executive branch, Congress, and media to promote effective multi-channel delivery of news and information to overcome press censorship.
CUSIB members come from various backgrounds, including human rights and labor organizations, journalism, new media, and U.S. Foreign Service. Some of our members are former dissidents and political prisoners now living in exile in the United States. CUSIB also consults with independent journalists fighting censorship in China, Russia and other countries ruled by authoritarian regimes. More about members of CUSIB
CUSIB was formed at the initiative of Ann Noonan, who has been active in human rights organizations, including those working for religious freedom. She is the former President of the New York Chapter of the Visual Artists Guild. In 1999, Ann founded Free Church for China, an NGO which researches and documents religious persecution in the PRC. Ann was also a Senior Advisor at the Laogai Research Foundation, an NGO founded by another CUSIB member, Harry Wu, to gather information on and raise public awareness of the Laogai system of prison labor camps in China. Ann Noonan has been active in promoting women’s rights and religious freedom worldwide. She serves as the CUSIB’s Executive Director.
Ted Lipien, the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting co-founder, who serves as president of Free Media Online (FreeMediaOnline.org), an NGO which supports independent journalists and promotes media freedom worldwide, resigned from CUSIB in December 2020 when he was appointed President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) where he served until January 22, 2021. Ted was formerly Voice of America acting associate director and was in charge of VOA broadcasts to Poland during Solidarity’s struggle for workers’ rights and democracy. He is the author of Wojtyla’s Women: How They Shaped the Life of Pope John Paul II and Changed the Catholic Church, a book about Pope John Paul II and feminism.
Other CUSIB founding members were: Robert A. Senser, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of Justice at Work: Globalization and the Human Rights of Workers, and Jing Zhang, journalist, former Chinese political prisoner, and president of Women’s Rights in China.
The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting has its main office in New York City.
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Ann Noonan, co-founder and Executive Director
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