Ukranian media sources struggling to get the news out

No matter your politics, this is a time when the media should unite the country. That is our aim.” Oksana  Dychnich

Oliver Darcy of CNN reports on news outlets in Ukraine

We all rely upon various new and media outlets to keep us informed. And those of us past 60 (and others), we are aware of the dangers of news personnel covering wars. BUT not so much on what the native news personnel must be feeling and doing to cover an unprovoked war against their nation.

Oliver Darcy of CNN provides us with an account of Ukrainian news organizations and what they must do while under both military and cyber attack. For the full story: Reliable Sources

“The state of affairs in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv keeps changing at a breakneck pace. …
Local Ukrainian news organizations on the ground have worked to provide accurate information to their audiences so that they can make informed decisions. Amid the assault on Ukraine, the country’s journalists have continued – under extraordinary circumstances – to do their jobs: reporting the news.

One such outlet is the Kyiv Post, which has carried on with its duties, despite facing such challenges.  Bohdan Nahaylo, the paper’s editor-in-chief, spoke with me by phone on Friday and described the multitude of obstacles that the outlet has had to overcome to continue its operations. … [t]he Kyiv Post was knocked offline by a DDoS cyberattack, which he suspects was executed by Russia. ‘We were getting huge hits that were incapacitating our systems,’ he told me. Nahaylo said that, during that time, the paper continued to publish the news by posting shortened stories on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

‘Then the other problem was that fear and uncertainty affected the staff,’ Nahaylo explained to me. ‘… some decided to leave and so they were evacuating and stuck in traffic. Some were in bomb shelters. … the system not functioning, and it being much more difficult to communicate amongst one another.

‘We feel it is very important to provide up to date, reliable, objective information,’ Nahaylo said. ‘There is a lot of demand. People read what you are putting out.’ ‘Our task is to defend the information space

Ukraine’s top TV companies are also unified in their resolve to deliver the news to their viewers. … ‘There are continuous broadcasts on our channels, we have turned off the advertising block and are talking non-stop, so that each of our viewers feels that we are close and receives prompt and truthful information…’

TV companies have also been busy ‘enacting contingency plans that have been in place for many years,’ Deadline’s Max Goldbart reported. … Oksana  Dychnich said that they are ‘doing our best so we can carry on reporting but feel comfortable from the technological, content and security side.’ …No matter your politics, this is a time when the media should unite the country,’ she added passionately. ‘That is our aim.'”