Google.News blocked in Russia

Roskomnadzor has restricted access to the News.Google service (Google News) on the territory of the Russian Federation. The reason is “fakes about a special operation in Ukraine.”

The edition “Current time”, focused on the Russian-speaking audience in Russia, quotes the department:

“Based on the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, Roskomnadzor restricted access to the News.Google Internet service in the country. The American online news resource provided access to numerous publications and materials that contained “inaccurate socially significant information about the course of a special military operation on the territory of Ukraine” .

Earlier, our publication reported that Roskomnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications, took off the air and blocked Euronews websites, Europe’s leading international news channel, for its coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In response, the publication issued a statement denying the allegations against it and called for compliance with article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights on freedom of the media.

On March 4, Vladimir Putin signed the law on “fakes about the Russian army.” For its violation, citizens of the country face a fine of up to 5 million rubles or imprisonment for up to 10 years. The spread of fakes, which entailed grave consequences, is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 10 to 15 years.

Amendments were made to the Code of Administrative Offenses (Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses). The article on “public actions aimed at discrediting the use” of the Russian army (Article 20.3.3. of the Code of Administrative Offenses) provides for a fine for citizens of up to 100 thousand rubles, for officials – up to 300 thousand rubles, for legal entities – up to one million rubles.

After the adoption of this law, the Russian service of the BBC temporarily stopped working. Novaya Gazeta has announced the removal of materials about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Bell has decided to stop covering the conflict. At least 150 journalists left Russia due to the introduction of military censorship, writes “Present”.

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