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CNN Correspondent Says He Was Detained In Russia

As the group was doing their job, it was detained briefly outside of a penal colony by the authorities, Chance stated on Twitter.

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CNN international correspondent Matthew Chance and other journalists were east of Moscow, Russia covering the hunger strike by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. 

As the group was doing their job, it was detained briefly outside of a penal colony by the authorities, Chance stated on Twitter

The journalists were detained for four hours and ordered to appear before the police on April 21, Vot Tak TV editor Mariya Lekukh told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“Detaining journalists who try to cover Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment is a blunt effort to censor coverage of Putin’s leading critic,” said CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, Gulnoza Said. 

“Authorities should stop obstructing journalists and trying to intimidate the press, so the international community can keep track of Navalny’s condition and treatment.”

Earlier this year, Russian authorities arrested journalists for covering protests in support of Navalny, so this incident isn’t a one-off occurrence. CNN did not immediately comment on the incident involving Chance, per The Hill.

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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Wins Sixth Straight Emmy

John Oliver and his crew beat out the likes of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” and “Conan.”

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The Emmy award streak for “Last Week Tonight” continues as the HBO program won its sixth straight in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category.

John Oliver and his crew beat out the likes of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” and “Conan.”

“I think like many of us in the room, I was rooting for Conan, so this is bittersweet. Thank you, Conan, for 30 years of inspiring comedy writers,” Oliver said in his speech which Deadline relayed. 

Furthermore, since the COVID-19 pandemic affected their show, the Emmy Awards were the first time he’s seen some of them in 18 months. Oliver also took time at the acceptance speech to pay tribute to comedian Norm Macdonald, who died following a private battle with cancer. 

“This is an award for late-night comedy,” Oliver said. “No one was funnier in the last 20 years than Norm Macdonald on late-night comedy, so if you have any time in the next week, do what I did and spend some time watching YouTube clips of Norm and Conan, because it doesn’t get better than that.”

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Jake Tapper Puts Gov. Tate Reeves on Hot Seat for Handling of COVID-19

“In fact, if Mississippi were its own country, you would be second in the world only to Peru in terms of deaths per capita,” Tapper said

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CNN’s Jake Tapper had Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on the network’s “State of the Union” show Sunday night, where the anchor put the politician on the hot seat.

Tapper criticized Reeves for his state having the highest COVID death in the United States. In Mississippi, 42-percent of the population is fully vaccinated, leading to Tapper stating, is “partly why Mississippi now has the highest death toll per capita from COVID-19 in the entire United States — about one out of every 320 people in Mississippi have died of coronavirus.”

Reeves isn’t a fan of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, calling it a “tyrannical-type move” and distracting American citizens from the recent pull out of troops in Afghanistan.

However, Tapper pointed out to the Mississippi governor that more than 660,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. Furthermore, Tapper continued to pick on Reeves’ state for its deaths per capita.

“In fact, if Mississippi were its own country, you would be second in the world only to Peru in terms of deaths per capita,” Tapper said. “So, with all due respect, Governor, your way is failing. Are you going to try to change anything to change this horrible statistic from what you’re doing already?”

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Jim Acosta: Fox News Used Nicki Minaj Tweet to Spread Vaccine Lies

Acosta said the network’s biggest star, Tucker Carlson, used a Nicki Minaj tweet that claimed that a family friend suffered an adverse reaction after getting dosed to spread vaccine lies last week. 

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CNN weekend anchor Jim Acosta is calling out Fox News for pushing COVID-19 vaccine narratives when he said 90% of its staff is fully vaccinated.

Acosta said the network’s biggest star, Tucker Carlson, used a Nicki Minaj tweet that claimed that a family friend suffered an adverse reaction after getting dosed to spread vaccine lies last week. 

“Carlson latched on to the tweet and proceeded to spread more paranoia about the vaccine,” he said. “The problem is not Nicki Minaj’s friend’s medical issues, it’s that some of the most prominent voices on the far-right, whether on Fox News or on their podcasts, don’t have the balls to tell you the truth.”

Kevin Lord, executive vice president of human resources at Fox News parent Fox Corp, said in a memo this week the company will be requiring all unvaccinated employees to be tested each day — not just once a week — to work in company facilities, according to Market Watch.

“Over 90% of the network’s employees are vaccinated,” said Acosta. “As a company Fox as a company appears to be siding with Dr. Fauci instead of Mr.Ed.” 

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