Trump Appointee Cuts Aid To Pro-Democracy Groups in Belarus, Hong Kong, Iran


Source: causeaction.com

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The Trump administration has stopped technical assistance to pro-democracy groups in Belarus, Hong Kong and Iran, withholding a congressional grant of nearly $20 million, the Guardian reported. The non-profit Open Technology Fund was stiffed by President Donald Trump’s new broadcasting chief appointee Michael Pack , the news outlet reported. The halt to aid forced OTF to stop all operations in Belarus, and many operations supporting civil society in Hong Kong and Iran, the news outlet reported. The OTF develops technologies for evading cyber-surveillance and for circumventing internet and radio blackouts imposed by authoritarian regimes. OTF chair Karen Kornbluh told the...