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Russia has blocked access to some foreign media sites and accused them of spreading false information about war in Ukraine.
Russia’s communications committee, Raskomnadzor, said on Friday it had blocked the websites of the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Liberty / Radio Liberty and Deutsche Welle, as well as other media outlets.
“Access is limited to a number of information resources owned by foreigners,” – said in a statement Raskomnadzor. “The reason for restricting access to these information resources in the territory of the Russian Federation was the deliberate and systematic dissemination by them of materials containing false information.”
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Rebecca Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, previously told Fox News Digital that Russia would “continue to act and possibly ban Western media broadcasting” as Putin faced problems at home with control of the story of the invasion, which he still calls ” special ”. military operation. ”
Earlier this week, Raskomnadzor issued recommendations that Russian publications should use only “verified” sources to report on the war, and that failure to do so would lead to closure. The warden then shut down two independent Russian news agencies, including Rain TV.
But the agency said foreign publications called Friday were spreading false information about “the essence of the military special operation in Ukraine, its form, methods of hostilities, losses of the Russian armed forces and civilian casualties.”
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The BBC already announced on Thursday that it would install shortwave transmitters so people in Ukraine and Russia could continue to receive information.
“Access to accurate, independent information is a fundamental human right that cannot be denied to the people of Russia, millions of whom rely on BBC News every week,” the company said after the closure.
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“Voices of America” said that their Russian-language service would continue to “accurately, impartially cover Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and cannot comply with Raskomnadzor’s request to remove factual news.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace called the move an “outrageous move against our freedoms”.
“I think this is wrong,” Wallace told reporters during a meeting in Copenhagen with the defense ministers of Denmark and Sweden. “It will not save President Putin from the truth.”