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CPJ Wants Russian Forces to Stop ‘Harassing Journalists’

The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling out Russian forces to “immediately cease harassing journalists covering the invasion of Ukraine, and ensure that the media can work freely and safely.”

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There are plenty of journalists in Kyiv documenting the Russian invasion of Ukraine for United States media outlets and others from around the world. However, some members of the press have been met with violent combat while providing coverage.  

Nonetheless, the Committee to Protect Journalists is calling out Russian forces to “immediately cease harassing journalists covering the invasion of Ukraine, and ensure that the media can work freely and safely.”

In their statement, the CPJ cited Russian forces have detained dozens of journalists and tried to push Ukrainian journalists to manufacture pro-Russian propaganda.

“Whether through the detention of journalists, direct threats to their physical well-being, or the introduction of new legislation restricting media freedom, Russian authorities are using all means at their disposal to establish an official narrative of their invasion of Ukraine,” Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, in New York, said.

“We call on the Russian authorities to stop making press freedom yet another casualty of their war.”

Viktoria Roshchina, a journalist for an independent Ukrainian television channel Hromadske, noted on Facebook that Russian troopers had recently fired on her vehicle in Ukraine’s southeastern Zaporizhzhia region.

Roshchina added that she and her driver came across a column of Russian tanks, and soldiers opened fire on their vehicle; after the pair escaped unharmed to a nearby house. 

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Donald Trump Accuses Google of Trying to Ruin TRUTH Social

Truth Social was developed by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and is headed by former congressman Devin Nunes.

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Former President Donald Trump is not happy with Google. According to Rolling Stone, Trump believes that the tech giant is trying to ruin his new social media platform, TRUTH Social. The platform is currently not available to Android users which have drawn the ire of Trump.

“One person whom the outlet did not identify claimed to have discussed TRUTH Social’s unavailability for Android users with Trump,” the magazine wrote. “The person said he has also asked questions such as, “What’s up with Google?” and, “[is Google trying to] screw with me?”

Truth Social was developed by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and is headed by former congressman Devin Nunes.

Trump reportedly believes that Google and YouTube are out to get him. “This has left Trump with questions about the status of the product and whether his perceived enemies at Google had any plans to reject it,” the report said.

“Is Google trying to f**k me?” Trump asked.

Big Tech banned Trump from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat following the Jan. 6 riots. 

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Twitter Introduces Crisis Misinformation Policy

“In times of crisis, misleading information can undermine public trust and cause further harm to already vulnerable communities,” Twitter said in a statement.

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When major developing news occurs, such as the Buffalo Mass Shooting last weekend, many jump on Twitter to get the latest information. However, as the details come out, some disinformation surfaces on the platform. 

In an attempt to help combat any incorrect details in real-time, the social media platform is introducing a crisis misinformation policy. This global guideline will steer Twitter’s efforts to boost credible information when a crisis moment. 

“In times of crisis, misleading information can undermine public trust and cause further harm to already vulnerable communities,” Twitter said in a statement.

“Alongside our existing work to make reliable information more accessible during crisis events, this new approach will help to slow the spread by us of the most visible, misleading content, particularly that which could lead to severe harms.”

Twitter stated that the policy has been under development since last year and will “determine whether claims are misleading, we require verification from multiple credible, publicly available sources.”

Some instances of Tweets that the company may add a warning notification to include: 

  • False coverage or event reporting, or information that mischaracterizes conditions on the ground as a conflict evolves;
  • False allegations regarding use of force, incursions on territorial sovereignty, or around the use of weapons;
  • Demonstrably false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations;
  • False information regarding international community response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations.

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NY Times Puts Hold on Entire Staff Return to Their Offices

Times prepared to have its entire staff return to the office on June 6th a few days a week, a date which the newspaper had previously moved back as well.

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The New York Times staffers were scheduled to return to their offices on June 6th; however, the rise in Covid-19 cases in New York City have caused the newspaper to pause on a return to their offices. 

“Based on the city’s guidance and the advice of our health experts, we are pausing the start of our Expected Phase of return to office until conditions improve,” wrote Jacqueline Welch, Chief Human Resources Officer, in a memo.

The Times prepared to have its entire staff return to the office on June 6th a few days a week, a date which the newspaper had previously moved back as well.

Furthermore, the company’s notification to their staff coincided with New York City increasing its Covid-19 alert level to “High” on Tuesday as daily cases in the U.S. have grown near 100,000 per day, a boost from 73,000 new cases daily average last week.

Employees who need to be in the building are encouraged to wear masks in public spaces while in its offices, including elevators, meeting rooms, and restrooms.

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