Due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin created a law in which all those who expect “false information” will be imprisoned. The question is “what does he consider as misinformation”?
In Russia, access to the BBC website is already being blocked. Not only the BBC, but also Deutsche Welle, Meduza, and Radio Liberty have been affected.
“The safety of our staff is paramount, and we are not prepared to expose them to the risk of criminal prosecution simply for doing their jobs. I’d like to pay tribute to all of them for their bravery, determination, and professionalism”, Davie said.
BBC explained how Russia’s telecommunications regulator accused the BBC of “inciting extremism, abusing Russian citizens, causing mass disruption of public calm and safety, and encouraging protests”. One of the channel’s founders said “No to war” as she left the studio. Then they played images from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The background to this action goes back to the Soviet era when the media used to broadcast ballet to commemorate the death of leaders, as well as to 1991 with the end of the Soviet Union.
The law applied can sentence the accused to 15 years, so Tikhon Dzyadko was one of those forced to leave the country out of concern for her safety, as she was the station’s editor-in-chief. The applied law can sentence the accused to 15 years, so Tikhon Dzyadko was one of those forced to leave the country out of concern for her safety, as she was the editor-in-chief of the station.
Another of those who evacuated was Ekaterina Kotrik, a TV Rain presenter. She said, “The main problem is that we were covering Ukraine objectively, as professional journalists and covering from different sides. We had journalists going live and covering the situation.”
The situation for citizens and civilians remains dangerous. In this case, the BBC was forced to take security measures. However, the media outlet will continue to produce news on the subject from outside the country.