The Canadian Public Broadcasting Corporation announced Friday that it will “temporarily” suspend the work of its journalists in Russia, due to a new law that provides harsh prison sentences for those who spread “false information about the military” and the invasion of Ukraine.
“In order to ensure the safety of our journalists and staff…in Moscow, we are temporarily suspending our journalistic activities in Russia while we clarify the scope of this new law,” CBC/Radio Canada said in a statement.
The public radio and television group said it was “deeply concerned” and estimated that the law “seeks to criminalize impartial and impartial reporting of the current situation in Ukraine and Russia”.
“We join our voice with those of other media outlets to support freedom of the press and the right of citizens to obtain reliable and independent information,” the group added.
A few hours ago, the BBC announced the suspension of its journalists’ work in Russia.
Moscow also banned Facebook on Friday and began “restricting access” to Twitter. The symbolic radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) had announced the day before its dissolution, and the independent Dodj TV channel had announced the suspension of its activity, after its websites were blocked.
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