Is Apple looking for another source of Slave Labor? Maybe the Chinese ain’t providing enough Uyghur slave labor to produce Apple products for Europe, and Apple is gambling on Russia being able to enslave the Ukrainians.
Every day, we bring you the most important news and feature stories from hundreds of sources in Russia and across the former Soviet Union. Our team includes some of Russia’s top professionals in news and reporting. We value our independence and strive to be a reliable, trusted outlet for verified, unbiased information about Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as a source for sharp insights about one of the world’s most enigmatic regions.
I get a lot of my news on Russia and its reinvasion of Ukraine from Meduza.
Meduza is an international Russian- and English-language publication.
In our daily work, Meduza strives to meet international professional standards, and we hold as core values the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We devote special attention to the freedom of speech and the free flow of information.
As everyone knows – Russia isn’t interested in ‘the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We devote special attention to the freedom of speech and the free flow of information.’ Now, it seems, when Russia *SPEAKS* Apple listens.
The editorial office does not support any one political party (including movements and platforms) or any one politician, and we do not accept help from either in any form. Meduza also does not support social movements, commercial enterprises, or state agencies at any level of government, and we do not accept help from these groups.
The editorial office does not permit journalists who are biased toward or against the subject of a story to participate in its preparation.
Meduza does not pay sources for information or reward them in any other way.
Objectivity and impartiality
Meduza is a publication founded on fact-based journalism. No story can omit or conceal from readers any fact of public significance. Every side must be given the chance to express themselves. At the same time, we purposefully seek to amplify the voices of those who often go overlooked.
Does Apple realize how many voices in Russia ‘go overlooked’ or outright silenced by force?
Meduza does not use “hate speech,” and we refuse to spread, incite, or justify hatred against any group of people. We do not divide the subjects of our reporting along a dichotomy of “us versus them.” We use neutral language that does not discriminate against people on any basis.
Truthfulness and credibility
Meduza’s journalists are required to verify the facts in their stories.
Though it is common in Russia to allow subjects to revise their remarks after an interview, we consider this practice to be wrong and endeavor to avoid it. Meduza’s editors reserve the right to determine the conditions of interviews, and persons interviewed must be notified in advance of these terms.
Meduza operates in different countries, though we write mainly about events in Russia for Russian- and English-speaking audiences. We strive to observe the laws of both Latvia and the Russian Federation. Wherever one country’s laws contradict the other’s, as well as in cases where regulations directly or indirectly violate the freedom of speech, Meduza will act in accordance with our readers’ best interests, our code of ethics, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Read the entire Meduza’s code of conduct for yourself—I have read their articles for long enough to know they are more truthful than both Russia & Apple.
Up next is the article that this post is based on…
Meduza has received a notice from Apple, informing our media that our flagship podcast “What Happened” has been removed from the Apple Podcasts streaming platform.
“What Happened” is Meduza’s daily Russian-language news show about “news that remain important long after they stop being news.” Its host, Vladislav Gorin, discusses the most pressing issues in Russian society with leading independent experts. The show is a vital source of in-depth analysis for many listeners in Russia and abroad.
Here’s how Apple communicated its decision to Meduza:
Although the notice says nothing about the reasons for removing “What Happened,” earlier this summer Meduza learned about a complaint submitted to Apple by the Russian state censorship authority Roskomnadzor (RKN). Claiming that Meduza had violated the law, RKN demanded that Apple remove “What Happened” from its servers.
I’ve never purchased anything from Apple – did use one old app years ago, but can’t even remember what it was now. Have stayed away from everything connected to Apple since discovering their use of underage workers, underpaid labor, forced labor, and Slave Labor.
Now I find out that Apple is kowtowing to Putin’s and the Kremlin’s demands – totally ignoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in regards to the Ukrainians and many of the Russian people.
In January 2023, the Russian authorities outlawed Meduza, designating our media outlet as an “undesirable organization.” In other words, our newsroom’s work is now completely banned in the country our founders call home. And Russian nationals who support Meduza can face criminal prosecution.
‘Thе fog of war spreads over daily life’ Human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov explains how arbitrary and cruel law enforcement is reducing Russian society to paranoia and paralysis: