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8:35 PM ET, March 4, 2022


 Top News: 
Reto Gregori / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg News suspends newsgathering in Russia; EIC John Micklethwait says a new law “seems designed to turn any independent reporter into a criminal”  —  Bloomberg News will temporarily suspend the work of its journalists inside Russia after President Vladimir Putin signed legislation …
BBC says it has to “temporarily suspend” operations in Russia as the country's new law “appears to criminalize the process of independent journalism”  —  BBC statement on reporting from within Russia. Reacting to new legislation passed by the Russian authorities, BBC Director-General Tim Davie says:
Chavi Mehta / Reuters:
CNN says it will stop broadcasting in Russia, following changes to the criminal code making the spread of “fake” information punishable with jail terms  —  CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia, the news channel said on Friday after the introduction of a new law …
Russia blocks access to the BBC, Deutsche Welle, VOA, RFE/RL, and others over “deliberate and systematic circulation of materials containing false information”  —  Russia cut access to several foreign news organisations' websites, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle …
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
How WaPo, ABC, LAT, NYT, and NPR are managing their journalists in Ukraine and Russia and the logistics challenges they face  —  How the story of Russia's war on Ukraine will be covered inside Russia is increasingly uncertain following the closure of the country's remaining independent media outlets.
Novaya Gazeta says it will remove posts about Russia's military moves in Ukraine from its website to avoid criminal prosecution of its journalists and readers
The Moscow Times:
After Russia takes Ekho Moskvy off the air for spreading “deliberately false information”, the board of directors votes to liquidate the liberal radio station
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
TikTok says it will start putting labels on videos from some state-controlled media outlets “over the coming days”  —  It's part of a broader state media policy  —  TikTok has announced that it'll start putting labels on videos from “some” state-controlled media outlets as it starts rolling out its new state media policy.
Kali Hays / Insider:
Meta pauses all Facebook ads targeting people in Russia and blocks all advertisers within Russia from running ads globally, following Russia blocking Facebook  —  - Facebook made yet another move against Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.  — The company is halting all ads in the country …
Mark Scott / Politico:
Telegram says it is blocking Kremlin-backed media outlets in the EU, including all RT channels, starting for users who signed in with an EU-based phone number
Disney announces a Disney+ ad-supported tier, launching in the US this year and internationally in 2023, as part of its push for 230M-260M subscribers by 2024  —  - Disney announced a new ad-supported tier for its Disney+ streaming service on Friday.  —  In this photo illustration …
Associated Press:
Pulitzer Prize winner Walter R. Mears, who covered presidential campaigns for The Associated Press for 45 years, dies at 87  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Walter R. Mears, who for 45 years fluidly and speedily wrote the news about presidential campaigns for The Associated Press and won a Pulitzer Prize doing it, has died.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Verge co-founder and Executive Editor Dieter Bohn is leaving the media industry after 20 years to join Google's Platforms & Ecosystems team  —  I'm moving on from media  —  Ten years after we founded it, The Verge continues to be the best place to discover the import and impact …
Robby Soave / Reason:
YouTube suspends The Hill's account over clips of Trump as its election misinformation policy doesn't distinguish between reporting and actual misinformation  —  On December 9, 2020, YouTube announced it would take down videos that alleged widespread fraudulent voting in the 2020 presidential election.
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