There are fears for the safety of a Russian television news producer who ambushed a live bulletin protesting against the war in Ukraine
Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor and producer at a Russian television network, ambushed a live news bulletin on Monday, with a sign protesting against the war in neighbouring Ukraine.
Under new laws in Russia, it is illegal to protest against the War in Ukraine, and those who denounce the Kremlin face 15 years in prison.
The Russian Government continues to spread propaganda in its own country, stating that the war in Ukraine is a “special military operation” – and must be referred to that way.
Social media has labelled the journalist as “brave and courageous” – but there are now growing concerns for her safety following her arrest at the news station in which she works for.
Ovsyannikova, is an editor at Channel One Russia. Before crashing into the studio and going live on air, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the war in Ukraine.
She said that she was ashamed to work for a news network that has been forced by Vladimir Putin and his government to spread propaganda throughout Russia, and lying about the truth.
She says her father is Ukrainian and her mother is Russian, and “they have never been enemies”
The producer stated her work lately has been nothing but spreading propaganda at the request of the Kremlin, and as a result it had left her “ashamed.”
Ovsyannikova urged all in Russia to attend protests and shine a light on Putin’s aggressive behaviour in Ukraine.
The scene during the producer’s arrest
The scene in Moscow outside the television station where police had been initially holding and presumably interrogating Marina Ovsyannikova was dark, cold and gloomy according to journalists in Moscow.
Ticker NEWS understands that Ovsyannikova has now been taken to a police station and is facing serious charges.
Human rights lawyers along with people on social media however are fearful of her safety above all else, many stating that she may be facing brutal torture as punishment for embarrassing the Kremlin on live television.
Ovsyannikova has not been seen since her arrest.
Hollywood set for transformation with new WGA contract
We know what our words are worth at Netflix on 9/20. Photo: J.W. Hendricks
A recently ratified Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract is poised to revolutionise the landscape of Hollywood.
This monumental agreement brings forth fundamental alterations in the way the entertainment industry operates. In a nutshell, the contract redefines compensation structures, solidifying fair pay for writers and creators across various platforms.
One notable change is the integration of more equitable profit-sharing mechanisms, guaranteeing writers a more significant slice of the proverbial pie. Additionally, the contract underscores the importance of proper crediting and recognition for writers, ensuring their vital contributions are acknowledged and duly compensated.
Artificial intelligence was of course another major point of discussion with agreements outlined below stating:
“We have established regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on MBA-covered projects in the following ways:
- AI can’t write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA, meaning that AI-generated material can’t be used to undermine a writer’s credit or separated rights.
- A writer can choose to use AI when performing writing services, if the company consents and provided that the writer follows applicable company policies, but the company can’t require the writer to use AI software (e.g., ChatGPT) when performing writing services.
- The Company must disclose to the writer if any materials given to the writer have been generated by AI or incorporate AI-generated material.
- The WGA reserves the right to assert that exploitation of writers’ material to train AI is prohibited by MBA or other law.”
The WGA contract also takes steps to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry, fostering an environment that welcomes voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This shift towards a more inclusive landscape is seen as a crucial step towards rectifying historical disparities within the entertainment realm.
See a summary of the entire campaign here
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
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