New Zealand’s national radio station “Radio New Zealand” has launched an investigation, apologized and sent an employee on leave after reports of the war in Ukraine were reportedly published.
Just before the weekend, it should have been known that reports, taken from news agencies such as Reuters and the BBC, on the invasion of Ukraine should have been edited.
An employee of the radio station – which is state-funded – is said to have altered the content of the cases to paint a false picture of events unfolding in war-torn Ukraine.
– It’s so disappointing that this pro-Kremlin garbage ended up in our business. It’s unforgivable, says CEO Paul Thompson.
On Sunday, 16 of the cases will be corrected, writes Dance Extra magazine.
Thompson says, according to BBCthat about 250 news articles were reviewed after the notification – and there are thousands left.
The 16 cases that were redacted following the notification date back to April this year. 14 of the cases are to be taken from the Reuters news agency, while the other two are from the BBC.
– It’s so disappointing, the radio director would have said in a program broadcast on the radio channel.
He also described the situation as painful, according to the BBC.
– We need to get to the bottom of how it happened.
Besides the fact that thousands of cases will be reviewed, Thompson also assures that there will be an external review of the organization’s editing processes.
The journalist in question – now furloughed – is said to have modified and edited the news agency’s copy published on the radio’s website.
In front of Ekstra Bladet, a Reuters spokesman said that their content could not be modified without prior written agreement, and that the agency took over the radio.
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