Clive Myrie shares frustration at fake news about Ukraine crisis

Clive Myrie posing for photos before the 2016 GG2 Leadership Awards at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel. Date of photo: Thursday, October 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment.
Clive Myrie has been reporting from Ukraine. (Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment)

BBC News reporter Clive Myrie has shared his frustration at the amount of fake news shared about the Ukraine crisis on social media.

The journalist has been reporting from Ukraine during attacks by Russia, showing the terrifying reality faced by people forced to flee their homes.

But Myrie told of his annoyance again over false stories being spread about the true nature of the war as he supported a tweet urging people to be careful of their news sources.

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He shared a tweet linking back to a BBC article about disinformation, which read: "Nearly two weeks after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, false claims the war is a hoax or a media fabrication have been gaining traction online. The latest edition of our misinformation roundup is out."

It also included a comment from BBC journalist Robert Rea, who wrote: "This shows - once again - the vital need for people to rely on verified news from trusted sources and not - as my colleague @CliveMyrieBBC might put it - some of the unverified crap that finds its way to social media."

Myrie supported his colleague's tweet by sharing it and writing: "DON’T GET ME STARTED!!!!!!! I’M ABOUT TO BLOW!!!!#UkraineRussianWar"

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BBC News viewers showed their appreciation for Myrie's detailed reports on the war as they encouraged him by commenting on his tweet.

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One person wrote: "You are doing a wonderful job of keeping us informed of what exactly is happening… we all appreciate you and your teams work more than you’ll ever know."

Thousands of ukranians wait hours by car or on foot in lines to cross the Ukraine-Poland border in Shehyni, this saturday (5th), On the other side, in Przemysl, they get aid, receiving shelter, food and help to get to other places of Europe. As March 7th, more than 1,5 million refugees left Ukraine since the beggining of the Russian invasion, in Feb. 24th, fleeing from cities under attack in the center, south and east of the country such as Kharkiv or the capital Kyiv (Photo by Gustavo Basso/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Ukrainian people are being forced to flee their homes. (Gustavo Basso/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Someone else agreed: "Stay strong and focused Clive, we need you and your team to show us the truth. Shame on our government for failing us and the Ukraine."

Another person added: "Tell it like it is. You're there. You're experiencing it. Be honest. We need you to be."

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Broadcaster Floella Benjamin also added her support by tweeting: "So very proud of you Clive, you are one of my #Playschool Babies who is making a difference by reporting harrowing events as they unfold."

Myrie replied to her: "Hey young lady! Lovely to hear from you x"

The BBC presenter also took time to thank his followers for their support over the last fortnight, promising that he will return to Ukraine in the future.

On Sunday, Myrie shared his long journey out of Kyiv as he and his film crew left the city which was coming under intensified attacks, but has explained that he wants to stay in Ukraine to make sure the conflict is being accurately reported.

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