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5:45 PM ET, March 7, 2022


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Elizabeth Spiers:
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
The Atlantic's article on Saudi's MBS shows what's wrong with access journalism and profiling brutal men, including repeating his absurd denials over Khashoggi  —  In 2018, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman embarked on a cross-country, getting-to-know-you tour of the United States …
Washington Post:
In response to Russia's new media law, independent outlets are closing and journalists are fleeing the country: “They decided to destroy the industry entirely”  —  Ivan Kolpakov, editor in chief of Meduza, one of Russia's most popular independent media outlets …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
RFE/RL suspends its operations in Russia after local tax authorities started bankruptcy proceedings against its bureau on March 4, and police added pressure  —  WASHINGTON - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has suspended its operations in Russia after local tax authorities initiated …
Paul Farhi / @farhip:
A Washington Post reporter says the newspaper will remove bylines and datelines from stories produced by its journalists in Russia to ensure its staff's safety
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have pushed pro-Putin messages during the Ukraine invasion, some clips of which have been shown on Russian TV  —  The former presidential adviser and Russia expert Fiona Hill made headlines last week when she stated bluntly in a Politico interview …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A study finds that participants who were told a reporter identified as a “storyteller” were more likely to say that the news story and the reporter were biased  —  A survey in the U.S. found the public associates “storytellers” with liars and making things up.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Axios is spending $30M on expansion this year through Axios Local, which had $5M in 2021 revenue and has 700K subscribers; HQ, which had $3M in revenue; and Pro  —  The news organization that prides itself on short-format writing has big plans to expand in local news, paid newsletters and even the emails sent by your bosses.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Netflix says it is suspending its service in Russia, which operates through an agreement with the country's National Media Group and has roughly 1M subscribers  —  Netflix has suspended its service in Russia to protest the country's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
TikTok suspends livestreaming and new content uploads in Russia in response to the country's new law that would impose prison terms for spreading “fake news”  —  TikTok says it's suspending livestreaming in Russia amid the country's new “fake news” law that's aimed at silencing dissent …
Gizmodo Media Group Union:
Gizmodo Media Group Union announces a deal with G/O Media that raises salary minimums, severance, and parental leave, maintains health care coverage, and more  —  After four days of picketing in the first open-ended strike by a digital media shop, G/O Media management has acknowledged the strength and demands of our members.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter promotes TJ Adeshola to head of global content partnerships  —  Twitter is elevating two veteran content execs to new roles: TJ Adeshola has been tapped as head of global content partnerships for the social network, and Sarah Rosen will oversee U.S. content partnerships.
Discussion: @lk, @tjay, @sarahrosen, @tjay and Adweek
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Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Amazon Prime Video will exclusively stream Monday's Country Music Awards, an awards-show first; Amazon Live will carry a “shoppable” version of the red carpet
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
AMC, Cinemark, and Regal Cinemas have introduced variable pricing for movies, charging more for big-budget tentpoles
Discussion: SlashFilm
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Eduardo Suárez / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
Q&A with Reuters EIC Alessandra Galloni, on keeping journalists safe, committing to impartial news, and delaying subscriptions for its direct-to-consumer site
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Q&A with Peter Pomerantsev, author of two books about Russian propaganda, on the West's coverage of Ukraine: “we're underestimating what Mr. Putin is up to”
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Q&A with the creators of The Trojan Horse Affair, a podcast on “an Islamist conspiracy” in the UK, amid skepticism by the media, which denounced it as one-sided

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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