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24 February 1942 - Voice of America
The Voice of America goes on the air for the first time under the Office of War Information with news programmes aimed at Japan, the South Pacific, and to areas of Europe and North Africa under the occupation of Nazi Germany.

17 February 1947 - Russia Voice Of America
With the start of the Cold War following World War II America introduced the transmission of Voice Of America to the Russian People as part of its propaganda campaign against Communism and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.



The Voice of America is the nation's largest publicly funded broadcasting network, reaching more than 100 million people worldwide in over forty languages. Since it first went on the air as a regional wartime enterprise in February 1942, VOA has undergone a spectacular transformation, and it now employs scores of reporters worldwide and broadcasts around the clock every day of every year, reaching listeners in the four-fifths of the world still denied a completely free press.

Some commentators consider Voice of America to be a form of propaganda. However, VOA's Best Practices Guide claims that "The accuracy, quality and credibility of the Voice of America are its most important assets, and they rest on the audiences' perception of VOA as an objective and reliable source of U.S., regional and world news and information."

In response to the request of the United States Department of Justice that RT (Russia Today) register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Russia's Justice Ministry labelled Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as foreign agents in December 2017.