CBC And CNN Pull The Plug On Russia…. Meanwhile The BBC Goes Old School To Broadcast Into Russia

Today is a day where all sorts of media are being banned in Russia. On top of banning Twitter and Facebook, Russia now has a law where not reporting the news in the way Russia wants it to be reported will get you 15 years in jail. That’s affected some of the biggest news organizations on the planet. Let’s start with CNN:

CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia, the news channel said on Friday after the introduction of a new law there that could jail anyone intentionally spreading “fake” news.

CBC which is Canada’s public broadcaster took a similar stance:

CBC/Radio-Canada is very concerned about new legislation passed in Russia, which appears to criminalize independent reporting on the current situation in Ukraine and Russia.

In light of this situation and out of concern for the risk to our journalists and staff in Russia, we have temporarily suspended our reporting from the ground in Russia while we get clarity on this legislation. 

The BBC too has shut down reporting in Russia:

The BBC is “temporarily suspending” the work of all its news journalists and support staff in Russia after a law cracking down on foreign outlets was passed.

The Russian parliament has approved a law that would make it a criminal offence to spread “fake” or “false” news about the conflict in Ukraine, punishable by a prison term.

It comes after the Kremlin accused the BBC of playing a “determined role in undermining the Russian stability and security”.

But they went one step further. To broadcast news into Russia, they’ve gone old school so to speak:

Access to BBC websites has been restricted in Russia, hours after the corporation brought back its shortwave radio service in Ukraine and Russia to ensure civilians in both countries can access news during the invasion.

And:

The signs the BBC was being blocked emerged hours after the BBC’s decision to revert to a mostly obsolete form of broadcasting, broadcasting four hours of its world service, read in English, to Ukraine and parts of Russia each day. 

“It’s often said truth is the first casualty of war,” BBC director general Tim Davie said in announcing the move on Thursday. “In a conflict where disinformation and propaganda is rife, there is a clear need for factual and independent news people can trust … millions more Russians are turning to the BBC.”

The Russians will have difficulty in the short term stopping shortwave broadcasts. Which means that other broadcasters may be dusting off their shortwave equipment to get around Russian attempts to silence the truth. And as a result, Russia will learn the hard way that truth eventually prevails.

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