Russia has blocked independent and international news outlets to reportedly fight against “fake news” and to “protect the interests” of the country.
Roskomnadzor announced that they have restricted access to information resources owned by foreign media, including those recognized as foreign agents in Russia such as “the websites of the publications Voice of America (included by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the register of media-foreign agents), BBC, DW, Meduza (included by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the register of media-foreign agents), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (included by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the register of media-foreign agents) and their projects, as well as a number of other information resources.”
Russian independent news outlet Meduza confirmed the new measures just a day after TV Rain and Echo of Moscow reported being tagged as foreign agents.
“We and a handful of other outlets are accused of “disseminating information in violation of the law.” This attack on the free press is happening because the Kremlin has something to hide — because it has more in store. Put simply, we have been banned for reporting information from sources other than the Russian state itself, particularly when it comes to the invasion of Ukraine, which Roskomnadzor has made it unlawful to call either an invasion or a war.,” said Meduza.
DW’s Director General Peter Limbourg confirmed the block as well and defendant that they are not state entities and urged Russian audiences to use VPNs to access their content,
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