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Episode #13: United Airlines Hits Some PR Turbulence, Hong Kong Falls, Advertisers Unlike Facebook, and Vietnam and Canada Find COVID Success
Episode 136th July 2020 • Talking Shop Podcast • Cam MacMurchy and Ewan Christie
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United Airlines runs into both legal and PR trouble this week after some ill-advised comments from its Chief of Communications on precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on board.

Hong Kong's freedoms virtually vanish overnight (literally), leaving the city firmly in the clutches of Beijing and potentially making criminals out of people who support Hong Kong's protest movement all around the world. Cam speaks about what it's like having such a monumental change in the city he calls home.

We also discuss Facebook's slow-moving train wreck, as the list of advertisers boycotting the company continues to grow. We play a clip of Mark Zuckerberg that gives a glimpse into how he thinks about free speech.

Then we talk about employee rights in an era of COVID-19, why kids like the darkness in Roald Dahl's novels, the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell, and the markable story of a COVID-infected British pilot on life support in Vietnam and how doctors saved him from the brink of death to maintain the country's sterling record of zero deaths from COVID-19.

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Ewan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter.