This decision was strongly criticized by the famous Russian journalist Alexey Venediktov
Russia has demanded that the country’s media regulator take two popular liberal news outlets off the air over their coverage of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Prosecutor General’s Office ordered Roskomnadzor to restrict access to Moscow’s Echo radio station and Rain TV channel for their alleged dissemination of false information regarding the actions of the Russian armed forces in that country. Eastern Europe.
The Rain TV channel, known as Dozhd in Russian, has been designated as a foreign agent due to its links to foreign funding. Echo of Moscow is indirectly owned by the media conglomerate Gazprom.
The attorney general’s office also accused the two agencies of calling for violence against Russian citizens, as well as encouraging violations of public order by urging them to participate in mass protests against military action.
Echo’s editor, renowned liberal journalist Alexey Venediktov, criticized the decision, saying that “These claims are not supported by any example or evidence.” He insisted that “they are baseless and offensive to Russian journalists and citizens.”
Venediktov also promised to challenge the order in court. “We see a political component [in this]as well as the introduction of censorship, which is directly prohibited by the Constitution of the Russian Federation”, he said.
The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists criticized the measures against the media, saying that “Russian authorities should allow Echo of Moscow, Dozhd TV and all other media to operate freely, and should refrain from restricting access to social media platforms.”
The organization, however, did not condemn the banning of other Russian media outlets, namely RT and Sputnik, from the EU earlier this week. Brussels claimed that both outlets were state-sponsored propaganda and promised measures to limit their access across the bloc.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the offensive against Ukraine last Thursday after leaders of the breakaway people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help over what they claim is increasing. “aggression” of the Kyiv armed forces.
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