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12:35 PM ET, March 22, 2020

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings  —  More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the coronavirus.
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Kayla Epstein / Business Insider:
After suspending rallies, Trump is using his White House press briefings on the COVID-19 crisis to amplify campaign rhetoric and continue attacks on the media  —  - Social distancing means that President Trump can't hold his signature rallies right now — and might not be able to for months.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The White House beat, one of the most prestigious jobs in journalism, becomes one of the most anxiety-provoking, while the ranks thin due to social distancing  —  The White House beat is one of the most prominent assignments in journalism, and one of the most prestigious.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Disney says it has paused the rollout of Disney+ in India, which was set to launch March 29 alongside the now-delayed Indian Premier League cricket season  —  Disney said on Friday that it is postponing the launch of its eponymous streaming service in India, one of the largest entertainment markets …
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Bruce Haring / Deadline:
Disney says it will reduce bandwidth use by at least 25% in EU markets where it is launching Disney+ on Mar. 24 and will delay its French launch until Apr. 7  —  Disney+ is cutting back on its bandwidth utilization by 25 percent in the markets where its debuting on March 24.
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Despite increased traffic, publishers' ad revenue is down partially because ad tech companies blacklist coronavirus content in the name of brand safety  —  The inability to monetize pandemic coverage is thwarting publishers' ability to fund the news, media outlets say
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at COVID-19's effect on bigger newsrooms, as journalists work remotely and ad sales fall, even as traffic nearly doubles at sites like NYT, LAT, and WSJ  —  Many journalists are covering a once-in-a-lifetime story from home, thanks to Zoom and Slack.  But as readers flock to large news outlets, ads are starting to disappear.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
South Africa enacts regulations criminalizing disinformation about COVID-19 or the government's response to it, with penalties including fines or imprisonment  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern over newly passed regulations in South Africa that criminalize disinformation …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Netflix creates a $100M fund to support cast and crew members laid off from Netflix projects, with $15M to go to third parties and nonprofits  —  Netflix has created a $100 million relief fund to help members of the creative community who have been left unemployed and without a way to earn an income during the coronavirus crisis.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Charter countersues music labels, including Warner and Sony, says they have sent inaccurate DMCA notices on music they didn't rightfully own  —  Last year, several major music companies sued Charter Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the US with 22 million subscribers.
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video say they will reduce their streaming quality in EU to reduce traffic on the network, as millions are confined at home