The Pentagon praises a New York Times series that exposed civilian deaths in air warfare

the Time serieswhich included several articles and multimedia presentations, drew on a hidden Pentagon archive containing confidential assessments of more than 1,300 civilian casualty reports since 2014. Among other findings, it revealed imperfect information and the inaccurate use of drones and bombs that had been presented. to public as highly reliable and accurate.

In several cases, the Times found, US military officials worked to protect civilian deaths from public view, offering misleading assessments that hid the true toll of wandering drone attacks.

“I can’t say this process was pleasant,” Kirby said of the cover. “But I guess that’s the point. It should not be. This is what a free press does at its best. He is keen to account for it “.

In his remarks, Mr. Kirby also acknowledged the special quote awarded by the Pulitzer Council to Ukrainian journalists covering the current invasion by forces controlled by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

“It’s hard to read, hard to watch,” Kirby said of Ukrainian coverage. “But you know what? It should be, based on what Mr. Putin is doing. And the courage and skill they are showing every day are truly inspiring. “