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As Russian occupation of Ukraine expands — Voice of America Ukrainian Service lacks resources to update Twitter and Facebook


For shame, BBG.  If you lack the resources to respond to this crisis, your Board of Governors needs to walk the halls of Congress and scream for more resources.

As Russian occupation of Ukraine expands — Voice of America Ukrainian Service lacks resources to update Twitter and Facebook

Originally posted at http://bbgwatch.com/bbgwatch/as-russian-occupation-of-ukraine-expands-voice-of-america-ukrainian-service-lacks-resources-to-update-twitter-and-facebook/

Hat tip to Dr. J. Michael Waller, for bringing my attention to this.

March 4, 2014 –  – Featured NewsJust Asking – No Comments

BBG Watch Commentary

A check done by BBG Watch at 11:00 PM EST Monday, March 3, shows that the Voice of America (VOA) Ukrainian Service has not updated its Facebook page since yesterday and its latest Tweet is already eight hours old.

BBG Watch has learned that Voice of America executives did not provide the Ukrainian Service with resources to update social media regularly or even enough resources to post news reports on its website 24/7.

On the day of the escalating crisis and strong statements on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine from President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Defense Biden and other U.S. and foreign leaders, VOA Ukrainian Service has not been updating its website or social media platforms for many hours.

It also appears that work on updating the main VOA English news website with new U.S. and international information related to Ukraine has also stopped after business hours in Washington. The main VOA English news report on Ukraine was not being updated with new information Monday evening for several hours.

As of late evening Washington time, Voice of America was not reporting online about Vice President Biden’s phone call Monday afternoon with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk or Biden’s meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. Voice of America was also not reporting about the U.S. Defense Department’s decision to suspend U.S. military-to-military activities with Russia, including “exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences.”

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2 thoughts on “As Russian occupation of Ukraine expands — Voice of America Ukrainian Service lacks resources to update Twitter and Facebook

  1. Amen AMEN to Joel’s suggestion. If you followed the events in Georgia in 2008, what we are seeing is closely related if not a duplicate. This is a fight of information–for it, with it, to block it, etc. We are the world’s leading information power but we don’t know it, acknowledge it, or use it. My hope is that whoever is doing our planning right now understands this and is building it into our responses. dan

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