Russia blocks several media, including BBC, Voice of America: RIA

Pedestrians walk past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in London on January 29, 2020.HENRY NICHOLLS/Reuters

Russia’s state communications watchdog said on Friday it had blocked the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Deutsche Welle and other media for spreading “false” information, reported the RIA news agency.

Russian officials accuse the West of spreading false information about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow describes it as a “special military operation”. President Vladimir Putin has called the West an “empire of lies”.

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“The reasons for restricting access to [these] resources was their deliberate and systematic circulation [reports] containing false information,” Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, was quoted by RIA as saying.

He said that the forgeries considered “the essence of the special military operation in Ukraine, its form, the methods of combat operations [attacks on the population, strikes on civilian infrastructure]the losses of the Russian armed forces and the civilian victims”.

The Russian-language websites of the BBC and Voice of America could not be opened without using a virtual private network on Friday, a Reuters reporter said. The English site of Voice of America was accessible, but not that of the BBC.

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