Government orders TV station to close and threatens other media

first_img News Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia October 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government orders TV station to close and threatens other media Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemned the Russian government today for ordering the closure on 25 October of the regional TV station Moskovia for allegedly breaking the country’s anti-terrorist and information laws in connection with last week’s kidnapping by Chechen rebel commandos of more than 700 people in a Moscow theatre.Information minister Mikhail Lessin also threatened to shut down the Internet website of the radio station Moscow Echo for posting an interview with the kidnappers. The station then removed the interview from the site. Lessin reportedly forbade the television station NTV to broadcast a similar interview.”The anti-terrorist battle must not restrict press freedom in Russia,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Russians have long been deprived of credible and independent news about the war in Chechnya. This censorship must not be extended to episodes like the theatre kidnapping,” he said.The Russian parliament last week approved a bill sharply curbing the media’s right to report on anti-terrorist operations and banning them from broadcasting the statements of terrorists. May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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