Government ministers try to intimidate Polish media

first_img News May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government ministers try to intimidate Polish media News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia News January 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en PolandEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by attempts by Polish government ministers to intimidate the media during the past few days.The media freedom organization condemns the utterly disproportionate and exorbitant damages that transport minister Slawomir Nowak is demanding from the magazine Wprost in a libel suit over an April 2013 story about his friendship with businessmen who often win government contracts and his presence at private parties paid for by wealthy corporate executives. Nowak’s lawyer, Roman Giertych (who was deputy prime minister from 2005 to 2007), says Nowak is demanding 30 million zlotys (7 million euros) in damages, together with a public apology and correction. He is also asking the court to forbid Wprost’s sale to another publisher before the end of the case in order to ensure that it remains solvent.Giertych said: “We want to be sure that the defendant is able to comply with the court’s ruling if we win and that it will not be able to get out of it by claiming a lack of financial resources.” The court has not yet decided when it will start hearing the case.“We are particularly worried by the size of the damages sought by Nowak,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Suing for this amount of money is clearly intended to intimidate. He is using the law to impose censorship by threatening the magazine’s financial survival. No publisher in Poland or anywhere else in Europe would be able to pay such a disproportionate amount.“It is very disturbing to see the minister of a European government put this kind of pressure on a news outlet over a story of public interest. If he thinks he was libelled, he can use his right of response. “And he is obviously free to bring a lawsuit, but he should ensure that the damages are proportionate to the harm suffered and to the news outlet’s financial resources. Otherwise he is liable to encourage self-censorship, which has already increased considerably among journalists as regards certain sensitive subjects.“We also condemn the minister’s attempt to meddle in the financial affairs of Wprost’s publisher. We remind Nowak that companies are completely free to merge and be traded within the European Union, which was founded on this principle. Seeking damages is one thing. Interfering in a company’s management is quite another, and could alarm certain European Commission bodies.”The climate of intimidation has been reinforced by the statements that deputy prime minister and economy minister Janusz Piechocinski made to a TVN 24 journalist when asked about a possible cabinet reshuffle on 17th of May. “Your behaviour is outrageous, idiotic and unacceptable,” Piechocinski told the journalist on the air. “I am going to request a meeting this week with representatives of your management.”Piechocinski continued in the same vein in a later post on his Facebook page. “I am going see the management of TVN and TVN 24 next week in order to ask them to consider a change of attitude,” he wrote. to go further With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Help by sharing this information Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns “We are stunned by the deputy prime minister’s statements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If merely asking about the composition of the next cabinet is deemed to be outrageous, what will happen when journalists start commenting on the choice of the new ministers? “We urge the deputy prime minister to retract his remarks. Neither government officials nor representatives of any political parties should take it upon themselves to demand meetings with TV channel executives to ‘explain’ how journalists should behave.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This interference in media editorial policies is completely incompatible with European standards on freedom of information. Doing it in public makes it even more serious.”Poland is ranked 22nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.last_img read more

13 Days Of Phishmas 2017: Baker’s Dozen Night 10, The “Holes” Show

first_imgAfter “O Holy Night,” Trey kicked into “Taste” for the first time since Texas last Fall. The “Taste” jam provided a second bona fide improvisational highlight for this thrilling second set, quickly moving into a charge reminiscent of the “Mike’s Song” jam that preceded it, continuing the considerable momentum it had established. Mike and Page bought the jam to a slow, rolling boil, which bubbled over into bright major-key ambiance. Trey picked up the reins from there, using single, solitary, sustained notes to sing sweet songs and pierce through the static like only he can, before bringing the jam to a close with a blues-rock peak.Watch fan-shot footage of the tail end of the “Taste” jam below courtesy of YouTube user LazyLightning55a:“Wingsuit” floated in on the pulsing Fishman fills that closed the Type II “Taste.” Hitting hard as always with a pretty piano jam and towering riffs from Trey, “Wingsuit” eventually landed on a brief “Sneakin’ Sally.” Finally, the band resolved the set-spanning “Mike’s Groove” with “Weekapaug,” before taking an encore victory lap through a widely-predicted cover of Sgt. Pepper favorite “A Day In The Life.”Remember 2012? When we wished longingly but skeptically that Phish would revive the “Mike’s Song” second jam? When we wished they would dig deep in the catalogue, play the “white whales,” try out new and adventurous covers? When we longed for just one 20-minute jam, but reluctantly recognized that those days may have been behind them? The Phish we all wished for 5 years ago pales in comparison to the Phish we now get on a nightly basis in Summer 2017, and it only keeps getting better. Thank Icculus for the Baker’s Dozen![Cover photo via Chad Anderson]Hot Takes From Night 10:Repeat Watch: As Fishman says, “DUH.” The Universe is a donut, and the Phish will play no repeats at the Baker’s Dozen…Today’s Donut: “Holes” [“Way Down In The Hole” (Bonus Points: “When you walk through The Garden…” opening line); “Buried Alive”; “Heavy Things” (“two holes in my face”); “O Holy Night”; “A Day In The Life” (“although the holes were rather small…”)]We Tired Yet?: …Yes. Home stretch! Who’s got my 8/5 and 8/6?! (For real, though, shoot me a message…)SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 10 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/2/17SET 1: Way Down in the Hole[1], Buried Alive, Kill Devil Falls, Guyute, I Didn’t Know, NICU, Meat, Maze, Ginseng Sullivan, Waiting All Night, Heavy Things, Run Like an AntelopeSET 2: Mike’s Song > O Holy Night[1] > Taste > Wingsuit > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Weekapaug GrooveENCORE: A Day in the Life[1] Phish debut.[Cover photo via Chad Anderson Photography]We’ll see you back here tomorrow, as we continue to re-sample all the donuts on our way back to the Garden for New Year’s Run 2017-2018. For a list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17Night 10 – “Holes” – 8/2/17 In just 4 days, Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. To date, the band has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York. The Dozen was a different kind of beast: It’s difficult to pick apart the individual shows and rank them among the band’s other 39 MSG performances because these 13 shows were so inextricably linked. Those 17 summer days in the City almost felt like one long show, and so it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Baker’s Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’ll all be primed and ready to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesAt this point in our Phishmas retelling of the Baker’s Dozen saga, we’re in the final stretch of the run: 4 shows left; one more “regular” MSG run, if you will. The Baker’s Dozen was now a thing, and seemingly everyone had something to say about it–from style magazines, to city and national news outlets, to your thoroughly un-hip Aunt Martha, to passersby asking what all the donuts were about and why everyone had their fingers in the air (note: I usually went with “We’re doing a flash mob”). The secret had gotten out: something very special was happening at The Garden. In the blink of an eye, each of the remaining shows–all of which had tickets available at the box office at the start of the run–were sold the f*ck out, and the horde of restless fingers in the air on 7th Avenue was steadily growing each night. Fans eagerly awaited the announcement of a new donut each morning, and made their calculated theme predictions for each successive show in kind. And with 9 shows down and not a repeat in sight, the list of songs still on the table grew shorter and shorter each night. In hindsight, the second half of the Baker’s Dozen was, in many ways, the most “predictable” stretch of shows Phish has ever played. More so than ever before, we went into those shows knowing loosely what to expect. But of course, that didn’t stop Phish from continuing to exceed our expectations anyhow…So much fantastic ground already covered, yet still so much to come–the second half of the Dozen was uncharted territory in the Phish Universe, boldly going where no run had gone before. Come along, relive that (not so short) trip with us, and remember that euphoric feeling of being in the thick of the Baker’s Dozen. Merry Phishmas to all!NIGHT 10: Holes8/2/17Review by Andrew O’Brien Last night, Phish took the Baker’s Dozen into double digits with their 10th performance in 13 days at Madison Square Garden. Unlike Tuesday night’s “Maple” theme, which predominantly left fans scratching their heads until showtime, Wednesday night’s donut, “Holes”–you know, like “donut holes”–immediately spawned a litany of guesses. Phish is at their best when their creativity is at its peak, and just like Sunday’s “Jimmies” donut, “Holes” was another clever, off-kilter flavor choice, allowing the band to stretch the thematic boundaries and check another chunk of songs off their ever-shorter yet still expansive list of remaining songs. Fans quickly scoured all the tunes still in play for the Baker’s Dozen, from originals to staple covers to outlandish guesses (which, on this run, are just about as likely as even the most often-played Phish songs), putting together a comparatively long list of potential picks.Many of the calls turned out to be correct, the band clearly having designated them for “Holes” night from the start (“Buried Alive,” “Heavy Things,” “A Day In The Life”). But Phish still wound up proving the majority of their fans’ guesses incorrect. This fan was convinced that “Holes” night would finally signal the return of long-lost tongue-in-cheek ditty “In A Hole,” which was referenced at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on 8/30/14, but has not been played in earnest since December, 1989. Of course, this fan turned out to be wrong. That’s how it works with this band: Whenever you’re positive Phish is going to “zig,” the smart money says they’re actually plotting to “zag,” and last night’s “zags” far exceeded any pre-conceived ideas of what “Holes” night would entail; Who really wants to “zig” anyway? “In A Hole” is so 1989, and you can bet that these days, most fans would take high-concept, creatively finessed, fully realized 2017 Baker’s Dozen Phish over late-80’s goofiness any day of the week. There’s a Golden Age comin’ round…The surprises got started early, as the band led off with their live debut of Tom Waits‘ “Way Down In A Hole” (which, for those keeping track, meant that the show began with the line “When you walk through the Garden”). While many in the crowd were understandably unfamiliar with the new and relatively obscure cover, the song’s opening notes sent what looked like about half the crowd into a frenzy. The cheering fans, no doubt, were the ones who have watched universally acclaimed HBO crime drama The Wire. The show used a different rendition of the song under its opening credits for each of its five seasons, including the original Waits recording and versions by The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Neville Brothers, DoMaJe, and Steve Earle. [Note: To the other half of the crowd that didn’t recognize the opener: Watch The Wire, already. Seriously, what are you waiting for?]Watch the band’s surprise “Way Down In A Hole” opener below via LivePhish:A fire-starting “Buried Alive” came next, quickly bringing the rowdiness that seemed to be missing at Tuesday’s “prettier” Maple performance. “Kill Devil Falls” followed, growing into a chugging Type I groove and, finally, a satisfying early-show peak, despite a handful of flubs from Red. Any KDF flubbery was quickly forgotten as the band moved into rare original “Guyute.” While the complicated composition wasn’t perfectly played, the “ugly pig” still pulled through, retaining his patented power and shadowy grit.“I Didn’t Know” came next, as Trey coaxed Mr. Henrietta Fishman to center stage with a nod to the “Jimmies” night “Universe-As-Donut-‘Harpua’” (“You know what they say about holes: The more holes, the more complicated…the vacuum cleaner!”). Fishman’s vacuum chops can always be classified in varying levels of cringe-worthiness, and this attempt was no different. But the vacuum had yet to make an appearance at the Baker’s Dozen–where Phish is sure to pull out virtually everything in their bag of tricks at some point or other–and the antics served as an amusing interlude.A brief and bubbly NICU followed, prompting big cheers with its “look back on those days when my life was a haze” line before giving way to Mike Gordon-led jaunt “Meat,” Fishman masterfully keeping the jive and stride alive. The song gave the crowd its first Type II taste of the evening, building into a twangy, plodding roll (Note: An actual  Type II “Taste,” coincidentally, would pop up til later in the night, but more on that later…).“Maze” finally punched its Baker’s Dozen ticket after “Meat,” as the band conjured a dissonant, avant garde atmosphere, augmented by spectacular light work from Chris Kuroda. The “Maze” jam reached not one, but two giant white-light peaks, the second of which featuring added sonic girth by a 60%-ish throttle Mike bomb (good money says he’s saving up the big boys for the monster “Tweeprise” that looms on Night 13). “Ginseng Sullivan” and “Waiting All Night” followed before ceding to the hole-referencing “Heavy Things,” depleting some of the energy in the room with a run of slower tunes. However, the audience quickly riled up once again as a mighty “Run Like An Antelope” closer set the gear shift back to “high,” where it would remain for the rest of the performance.The set break chatter centered largely on “Way Down In The Hole,” as fans of The Wire nerd-ed out over the reference. The tune was all too appropriate for the Baker’s Dozen. The Garden has had a certain similarity to the notorious “Hamsterdam” over the course of the residency: With mischief-seeking fans traveling from all over to a dedicated area to indulge their societally frowned-upon proclivities, and the venue staff generally cultivating a permissive atmosphere for such behavior (as long as you’re in the agreed-upon space), the connection was hard to ignore–whether or not it was intended. [Note: For those who don’t get that clever, hilarious reference: don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler. It’s just one more reason you really do need to watch The Wire].When the second set began with “Mike’s Song,” the Garden crowd knew they were in for a ride–but none could have predicted just how wild that ride would be. From funk feathered with gorgeous beams of blue, purple, and green; to a bright, foamy bounce; to a breezy, echoing vamp; to dark and murky cocktail lounge fare and a patiently realized and chill-inducing peak, this “Mike’s” went “out there” like no “Mike’s” has in almost a decade. This “Mike’s Song” broke the 20-minute mark for the first time since ’97, and marked just the third elusive “second jam” in the modern era. For now, let’s call this monster “Big Mike,” and imagine he’s a musical beer hall brawler who’s never lost a fight. As “Mike’s” dissipated, the fog machines came alive, billowing smoke across the stage over an ambient rumble. A choral refrain began to build. It took a few moments of unsure recognition to understand the play: Holiday season staple (and appropriate “Holes” night anthem) “O Holy Night.”Watch pro-shot video of “Mike’s Song” (via LivePhish) as well as fan-shot footage of Phish’s haunting “O Holy Night” from “Holes” night at the Baker’s Dozen (courtesy of YouTube user rdeal1999) below:last_img read more

Danielle Brooks on Her 18-Story Times Square Billboard

first_imgBrooks hopes to use her influence to serve as a role model for young people, especially young girls. Having role models that she could identify with is what equipped her with the confidence to pursue acting.“When I sign autographs at the stagedoor every night, I have young girls that say ‘Thank you’ or ‘I see myself in you,”’ revealed Brooks. “The Color Purple was the first show I ever saw. Seeing Felicia Fields as Sofia and all the different sizes of those women that were onstage was confirmation for me that I could do it.”This cause is too beautiful for words, as is the bodacious Brooks’ Times Square billboard.“We’re really striving to live in a world of inclusivity where everyone is represented and everyone can love themselves for who they are,” the Tony nominee continued. “We’re not ashamed of our bodies. We want to be seen. We are here.” Not only can you catch Danielle Brooks giving a powerhouse performance as Sofia in The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through November 13; you also can’t miss her on a gorgeous, gigantic billboard in Times Square for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign. We recently caught up with Brooks on how it feels to shine at 18 stories tall.“It’s incredible. It’s the first time I’ve had a poster by myself that’s not me in character,” Brooks told Broadway.com. “I look forward to sharing it with my family. They’re coming to my last performance of The Color Purple, and they’ll get to see it. I’m really thrilled about it.”Prior to making her Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Color Purple, the Juilliard alum turned heads as Taystee on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. Leave it to Danni B. to use her platform for empowering others. Brooks has partnered up with Lane Bryant and Refinery29 for the 67 Percent Project.“67 percent of women in America are plus size, which means size 14 and above,” Brooks said. “But plus size women make up less than two percent of images in mainstream media. This is an initiative to show the variety of women in media at the same rate that we exist in reality.” Danielle Brooks photographed by Cass Bird for Lane BryantTimes Square Billboard photo by Caitlin McNaney View Comments The Color Purple Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Danielle Brookslast_img read more

Raheem Sterling: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says forward can get better | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – Sunday 8th November 4:00pm Guardiola added: “My advice, I would say to him, is don’t think about this. It makes no sense. Just enjoy the life, focus and destiny will dictate who he is as a player.“But he is one of the (most) fantastic players I ever had in my career as a manager.“Step by step. It depends on him and his performance.” Guardiola admits he would like to give Sterling a rest but his form has largely prevented that as City prepare for the visit of Liverpool to the Etihad in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool are favourites to win the Premier League once again this season, but the Manchester City manager expects a strong challenge from other teams, including Tottenham and Chelsea. Pep Guardiola believes Raheem Sterling’s desire will ensure the forward continues to improve as the Manchester City manager emphasised his importance on the team.Sterling, 25, has developed into one of the world’s top talents under the Spaniard and has started 10 of City’s 11 games in all competitions this season, while he is also likely to be in action for England in the next fortnight.- Advertisement – “I think he is a better player than when he arrived and hopefully in four years he will be a better player than he is right now,” Guardiola said of Sterling, who joined City from Liverpool in 2015.“I think he is an exceptional player.- Advertisement – 1:25 Kick off 4:30pm “He has played all these minutes because of his physicality and (on Sunday) he will be there again.“Of course there will be a moment that he will take a rest but at the moment he is so important a player for us, that’s why we cannot give it.”Sterling has already scored six goals for club and country so far this season and Guardiola wants his player to remain grounded amid suggestions of winning future individual plaudits.- Advertisement – Guardiola is also hopeful his squad of international players come back “fit and safe” from the upcoming international break.City have had a difficult start to the season with injuries and positive coronavirus tests compounding problems of fatigue and a general lack of match fitness after their shortened pre-season preparations.“Honestly, I don’t want to think about it,” said Guardiola, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury for two games after the October international break.“I want after the game against Liverpool – for which everyone is completely focused – some days off.“We will pray like, I think, all the managers, when 13 to 14 players go with their international teams, that they will come back fit and safe.“But, at the same time, I don’t want to think about it. What is going to happen is going to happen.”last_img read more

WHO confirms H5N1 cases in Egypt, Vietnam

first_imgDec 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam and Egypt, one of which was fatal, raising the global H5N1 count to 346 cases with 213 deaths.In Vietnam, a 4-year-old boy from the northern province of Son La died of an H5N1 infection Dec 16, the WHO said. He fell ill Dec 7 and was hospitalized on the 11th. His case was first reported by news services on Dec 26.The boy’s source of exposure is under investigation, the WHO said. His close contacts are being monitored, and all remain healthy so far, the agency reported.Two women in Egypt are being treated for H5N1 disease, the WHO said. One is a 50-year-old from Domiatt governorate who was hospitalized Dec 24 and is in critical condition. The other is a 22-year-old chicken seller from Menofia governorate; she was hospitalized Dec 26 and is in intensive care but recovering, the WHO reported.”Both women had contact with sick and dead poultry prior to illness onset,” the agency said. News services first reported their cases yesterday.Vietnam has had 101 confirmed H5N1 cases with 47 deaths, while Egypt has had 41 confirmed cases, 16 of them fatal.More details on Pakistan casesMeanwhile, a Canadian Press (CP) story published yesterday provided more details about the recent cluster of suspected H5N1 patients in Pakistan, saying that confirmatory testing by the WHO yielded negative findings in several of the cases, along with the single case confirmation announced yesterday.The agency said yesterday that its reference laboratories had confirmed H5N1 in one man in a cluster of several people who had tested positive in Pakistan. He was one of several brothers who had fallen ill after caring for another brother, a veterinarian who had gotten sick after culling infected poultry. Because the man with the confirmed case had not been involved in culling, the confirmation supported the WHO’s previously stated view that limited person-to-person transmission probably occurred in the family.The CP report, based mainly on an interview with the WHO’s Dr. Frederick Hayden, said testing by Pakistan’s National Institute of Health had identified nine possible H5N1 cases. The case-patients included five people in one family, a female doctor who had treated the family, and three poultry cullers unrelated to the family. Another brother in the affected family also had a suspicious illness but died without being tested and therefore was not counted as a possible case.The story said tests by the WHO’s collaborating lab in London and by US Navy Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3) in Cairo found no H5N1 virus in six of the nine people: the doctor, the three poultry cullers, a brother in the affected family who had never been sick, and a cousin who lived near the affected family and had been sick. One of the three cullers tested positive for a human flu virus, H1N1.Blood test results awaitedBut Hayden said other members of the family besides the 25-year-old man probably had the H5N1 virus and that blood serum tests for antibodies to the virus were being done to clarify the situation, according to the story. He said the negative test results might have been caused by deterioration of the patients’ samples due to repeated freezing and thawing. The results also might have been affected by the timing of the sample-taking and possible use of antiviral drugs by the patients, he said.”Until the follow-up serology (blood testing) is done, we can’t be strong in saying that H5 has been ruled out in any of these people,” Hayden told CP.The story did not specify the WHO confirmatory test results for the veterinarian or another brother who had been hospitalized with H5N1-like illness but survived.The WHO said yesterday that all other members of the affected family, other close contacts of the suspected case-patients, and involved healthcare workers remained healthy and had been released from close medical observation.See also: WHO statement on Egyptian caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28a/en/index.htmlWHO statement on case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Twitter advises 5,000 global employees to work from home

first_imgTwitter’s policy on working from home is a step beyond what most companies in the US are doing as the virus spreads. Many, including AT&T Inc. and Citigroup Inc., have restricted international travel, especially to Asia. Others including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have postponed or canceled conferences in the US, and Facebook joined Twitter Monday in pulling out of South by Southwest. But Twitter’s suggestion for remote work is more reminiscent of what companies did in Asia as the virus swept the region.That’s probably because Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is a big proponent of remote work, and has already announced plans to spend as much as six months working from Africa in 2020. “While this is a big change for us, we have already been moving toward a more distributed workforce that’s increasingly remote,” Twitter wrote Monday.Square Inc., the other public company that Dorsey leads, is also asking employees to work from home. On Monday, Square executive Aaron Zamost wrote in a tweet that the company is implementing a “strongly encouraged work-from-home policy.”A handful of Twitter workers tweeted praise for the decision, applauding Dorsey for prioritizing employee health. Many of their tweets included the hashtag #webackjack, doubling as support for a CEO under attack from activist investors who may try to replace him. Topics : Twitter Inc. is “strongly encouraging” its almost 5,000 global employees to work from home due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the company said Monday.The social media company made the suggestion as part of a blog update one day after it suspended all non-critical travel for workers, including pulling out of the South by Southwest conference scheduled for later this month in Austin, Texas.Twitter says it’s mandatory for employees in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work from home, but that other offices will remain open for those who choose or need to come in. “We are working to make sure internal meetings, all hands, and other important tasks are optimized for remote participation,” the company wrote on its blog.last_img read more