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Russia bans 29 British journalists from entering the country

Russia Ukraine WarRussia bans 29 British journalists from entering the country

Moscow (The Times Groupe)- Russia has barred 29 British journalists, including the BBC, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, the Independent, Daily Telegraph, Sky News, and Guardian from entering the country.

In a statement, Moscow said the sweeping action was in response to western sanctions, “false information about Russia”, and “anti-Russian actions by the British government”.

“The British journalists included in the list are involved in the deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided information about Russia and events in Ukraine and Donbas,” the ministry said in a statement.

A total of twenty individuals were also banned, including military figures, senior aerospace figures, and MPs.

Shaun Walker, Luke Harding, Emma Graham-Harrison and Peter Beaumont, as well as Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, are among those banned.

The BBC, the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Sky News and other outlets have also been banned. Additionally, the editors-in-chief of the Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and Independent were listed.

“This is a disappointing move by the Russian government and a setback for freedom of the press,” a Guardian spokesperson said. Journalism that is trusted and accurate is more important than ever, and despite this decision, we will continue to report on Russia and its invasion of Ukraine.”

Following its invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Russia has launched a unprecedented crackdown on Russian and foreign independent news outlets, as well as foreign social media networks. Legislation was introduced shortly after the war began to criminalize media outlets that disseminate “false information” about the Russian military.

The draconian law in effect threatens to punish independent journalism with prison sentences of up to 15 years, and several foreign news organizations, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, have blocked access to their websites.

The Russian government warned US news organizations this month they may lose their accreditation if the treatment of Russian journalists in the US does not improve.

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