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How effective is Russian propaganda from a journalist POV?

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Russian state media has played a crucial role in President Putin’s war on Ukraine.

Six journalists are among the dead in Ukraine, as world leaders scramble to prevent a greater international conflict.

Ticker NEWS spoke exclusively with journalist Professor Peter Greste bout the importance of a free and diverse media during wartime periods.

Professor Peter Greste is an international journalist who has covered many wars, he told Ticker NEWS the current rhetoric from Moscow is “propaganda”.

Greste has covered a lot of wars in recent history, but he says its hard to think of any conflict that is “quite as morally unambiguous as this one.”

“The evidence that we’ve seen so far of Russian tactics, particularly in targeting civilian areas, seems just outrageous,” he told ticker’s Adrian Franklin,

“Some of the rhetoric some of the propaganda coming out of Moscow seems almost as horrific.”

Greste says we could be confronting the next international war, the next World War.

“I think we’re going to see a hardening of public opinion and and it’s going to be much more difficult for anybody to negotiate a settlement,” he says on the overall outlook of the war right now.

“I think we’re going much more likely to see a more aggressive and protracted conflict. This is not over anytime soon.”

War-time media reporting in a country criminalising independence

“It’s made it almost impossible for Russian journalists to operate independently and with integrity in Russia,” Greste says.

Russians have passed a law that criminalised what they describe as deliberately false information about the deployment of the military forces of the Russian Federation.

Now, they’re defining deliberately false information as any casualty figures.

Greste says this includes not using words like war or invasion. Instead, the Russians have described it as a special military operation, which is a euphemism. “This clearly is designed to try and minimise what the Russians are doing.”

“Increasingly, and perhaps troublingly, we’ve seen the Russian support for President Clinton, President Putin steadily increase. Now, I think he’s still in a rather precarious position,” he says.

“A lot of people, including myself, an idiot, initially said that the truth would would leak out, that the Russians would get access to more accurate information, that’s slowly start to understand the extent of the propaganda coming from Mosco,”

“But I think the effectiveness of their internal propaganda in their attempts to close down anything that might undermine that propaganda is really working. And in a way, I think this is going to make things more difficult for Russia to back down, not easier.”

Is journalism the most dangerous professions to be in right now?

Six journalists are among the dead in Ukraine, as world leaders scramble to prevent a greater international conflict.

At first glance, Greste says it seems like a deliberate target by Russians, however more investigation from organisations like Reporters Without Borders, CPJ, and the committee for the protection of journalists are underway.

“In per capita terms, this conflict is already one of the most dangerous since the Second World War for journalists in particular,”

Greste says

World leaders are being watched like a hawk

The stakes are colossally high, and if any world leader makes a misstep, then we could find ourselves in another world war, says Greste.

“And if we don’t confront Russia, if we don’t get more aggressive, then we run the risk of sending a message to Moscow that it’s okay to invade neighbouring states with impunity.”

The repercussions come at a high risk, Russia could send its troops over the border into places like Poland, and the Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

The award winning journalist says world leaders have to deal with the problem of working out a way of finding a path through this conflict, that gives Russia a means to withdraw without losing face.

He adds that there’s been a lot of criticism of Vladimir Putin.

“And that’s perfectly justified, given what we know of the way that he’s been conducting the war. But if he has no way to go without losing face, if he has no way of backing out without being seen amongst his own people to concede defeat, then he has nothing to lose,” he says.

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Disney vs Netflix – who will win the streaming revenue raise?

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Netflix and Disney shares fall as the streaming companies fight to stay on top of their game

Investors to evaluate Walt Disney’s shift from cable television to subscription service as the company’s shares fall by 31 percent.

This comes after Netflix announced its first ever decrease in subscribers last month. The company reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers in its first quarter while predicting more losses ahead.

Netflix’s decision to suspend its services in Russia also led to a loss of 700,000 subscribers. It’s shares have also fallen by a staggering 71 percent this year, a bigger loss than its competitor Disney.

While Netflix struggles with its subscriber count, FactSet Estimates predicts Disney+ to have attracted 5.3 million new subscribers through march leading to a total of about 135.1 million subscribers.

Disney also predicts it will have amassed more than 230 million subscribers by September 2024.

Netflix is reportedly considering adding an advertisement-based subscription option by the end of the year as the company looks at how to stay competitive in the increasingly saturated streaming market.

In a previous statement, Netflix’s chief executive said they were looking to introduce advertisements in a year or two but a leaked internal note to the employees has revealed the company is introducing it as early as October 2022.

The note also says Netflix will begin cracking down on password sharing by monetizing it.

All of this has resulted in Netflix being sued by shareholders who argue they have been mislead about the state of the company and future prospects.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report

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Biden on his bike for 2024

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Before President Joe Biden fell from his bike while dismounting in Rehoboth Delaware – at his summer home for his 45th anniversary celebrations with Dr Jill Biden and Fathers Day on Sunday – he had a lot on his mind

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When he spoke to the Associated Press late last week he was very candid. 

In discussing the mood of the country, the president said

“ People are really, really down. They’re really down. Their need for mental health in America has skyrocketed because people have seen everything upset. Everything they counted on upset. But most of it’s a consequence of, of, of what’s happening, what happened is a consequence of the, the COVID crisis.

People lost their jobs. People are out of their jobs. And then, were they going to get back to work? Schools were closed. Think of this. I think we vastly underestimate this.”

BIDEN FALLS OFF BIKE

As a politician, Biden has always felt the people who he works for in his gut

The White House can be a bubble, but Biden’s was a pretty accurate take on how so many Americans are feeling right now. He went deeper:

“We have a little thing called climate change going on. And it’s having profound impacts. We got the tundra melting. We’ve got the North Pole, I mean, so people are looking and, and I think it’s totally understandable that they are worried because they look around and see,

“My God, everything is changing.” We have more hurricanes and tornadoes and flooding. People saw what — I took my kids years ago to Yellowstone Park. They call me, “Daddy did you see what happened at Yellowstone, right?” Well, it’s unthinkable. These are 1,000-year kinds of events.

I think, you know, I fully understand why the average voter out there is just confused and upset and worried. And they’re worried, for example, you know, can they send their kid back to, back to college? What’s going to happen? Are we going to take away the ability of people to borrow? So I think there’s a lot of reasons for people to want to know what comes next.”

Biden talked about his legislative program, and he thinks he can get the votes to lower the household costs of utility bills and prescription drugs, make investments in technology and broadband, and enact fairer taxes for the super-wealthy.  

Biden knows he has to deliver the goods. 

While the political chatter in Washington lurched into making his stumble off the bike a metaphor for his presidency right now, Biden immediately got back on it and pedaled ahead to his destination:  re-election in 2024.

There is a lot of speculation on whether he will run again. 

Here are the facts:  Biden wants to run again.  He especially wants to run again if Trump runs again.  Biden entered the presidential campaign in 2020 because he felt he had to save the country by stopping Trump from destroying America’s democracy.  And he did. Trump in 2024 only re-ignites the urgency of Biden’s mission.

There is no whispering from inside the White House undermining or contradicting the president’s intention. Among political professionals, there no material dissent from the judgment that Biden is the strongest Democratic candidate:  there is no obvious alternative who commands anything near the support Biden has among Democrats.  

Biden knows his approval rating.  He knows the Republicans smell blood. He knows many Democrats who voted for him have doubts given his age and his current standing.  But Biden knows that inflation will recede, the economy will recover, and the Republicans in 2023 will be the most extremist cohort of radical lawmakers the country has ever seen, and  that the place to be is in the centre, where elections in the United States are won and lost.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina

Rep. Jim Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and the third ranking leader in the House, whose support for Biden effectively sealed Biden’s nomination in 2020, said over the weekend   “My advice: be yourself, stay focused. Make the promises and keep them.”

That is exactly where Biden is.  To Joe Biden that looks like the winning hand in ’24.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia speaks out

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Vasyl Myroshnychenko is seeking to engage private and public investment in Ukraine to help with its war recovery

Vasyl Myroshnychenko could not have possibly foreseen under what circumstances he would be accepting his ambassadorship.

The 41-year-old was fast-tracked into the important role of Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia when Russia invaded his nation in late February.

Myroshnychenko is seeking to meet with Australia’s newly-elected government to discuss trade and aid opportunities after returning from the war-torn country.

During Myroshnychenko’s eight-day visit to Ukraine, he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s most senior advisors, the prime minister, and other military officials.

“I hope Putin dies tomorrow, maybe today.”

Vasyl Myroshnychenko

Myroshnychenko spoke exclusively to TICKER NEWS, in which he says morale is at an all-time low in his home country.

Ukraine has been fighting Russian forces for nearly four months. Russia’s latest military offensive is seeing troops fighting in the east of Ukraine, where hundreds of civilians have lost their lives.

“As long as Russia stays on Ukrainian territory, this war will continue. We need to get the Russians out of Ukraine, free the nation of Russian occupation and then we will be free.”

Vasyl Myroshnychenko

The ambassador is seeking to hold talks with Australian lawmakers on the current situation. He says more lethal aid and economic assistance is essential.

President Zelensky speaks to Australia’s Parliament.

President Zelensky has invited Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to Ukraine. Meanwhile, leaders from France, Germany and Italy travelled to the war-torn nation on Thursday, where they toured regions that have been decimated.

“I think that’s it’s very important that the world hears Ukraine, the world steps in, because that can solve energy issues that can solve the food crisis,” Myroshnychenko told TICKER NEWS.

Trade on the horizon

A bilateral trade deal between Australia and Ukraine could be on the horizon. The deal would reportedly be modelled on the U.K. free trade agreement.

“My role is to mobilise more support for Ukraine and Australia, I will soon be credited to New Zealand as well,” Myroshnychenko says.

Vasyl Myroshnychenko says he hopes President Putin dies.

Myroshnychenko studied international trade at the London School of Economics. He says additional military might is needed urgently.

“My job is to get more military assistance, more financial assistance for Ukraine. But every Ukrainian no matter what he or she is doing, is able to contribute either on social media, either fighting in the trenches, or doing the work they are doing to help Ukraine become stronger,” he says.

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