BBC to Resume English Language Broadcasts in Russia

BBC has resumed English language reporting in Russia, days after temporarily suspending its coverage to assess the implications of a new strict media law.

BBC announced in a statement on March 8 that they decided to resume work from Russia “after careful deliberation.”

“We will tell this crucial part of the story independently and impartially, adhering to the BBC’s strict editorial standards. The safety of our staff in Russia remains our number one priority,” BBC stated.

BBC correspondents Steve Rosenberg and Jenny Hill reported from Moscow on March 8 in their first broadcasts since the suspension, the broadcasting company said.

On March 4, BBC Director General Tim Davie announced the temporary suspension following the introduction of a tough media law that threatened anyone deemed to have published “fake” or “false” news about the Russian war in Ukraine with up to 15 years in jail.

Russian lawmakers imposed the law as part of efforts to dampen dissent over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

BBC’s resumption came on the same day the New York Times announced it was pulling its staff out of Russia.

“Russia’s new legislation seeks to criminalize independent, accurate news reporting about the war against Ukraine. For the safety and security of our editorial staff working in the region, we are moving them out of the country for now,” New York Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement.

Several other Western news outlets also suspended their operations in Russia at the end of last week.

The news outlets included U.S. channels CNN and CBS, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bloomberg News, Spanish news agency EFE, Italian channel RAI, and German broadcasters ARD and ZDF.

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