Imperial payments

How many journalists are on the US government payroll? Add another to the list:

“The Associated Press has terminated its relationship with a freelance reporter in Haiti after learning she was working for a U.S. government-sponsored organization.

“The National Endowment for Democracy confirmed Regine Alexandre began working for the organization in October as a ‘part-time facilitator’ between the NED and Haitian groups.

“The NED describes itself as a private, nonprofit organization that aims to strengthen democratic institutions around the world, but receives funding from the U.S. Congress.

“‘AP employees must avoid any behaviour or activities that create a conflict of interest or compromise our ability to report the news fairly and accurately,’ said Mike Silverman, the news agency’s managing editor.”

Pushing propaganda is surely a lucrative business and yet many simply do it for free.

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