Russia blocks BBC website, Facebook and Twitter in Kremlin crackdown


THE BBC website, Facebook and Twitter were blocked in Russia yesterday.

State censorship agency Roskomnadzor cut off access in a Kremlin crackdown.

BBC boss Tim Davie said: 'Truth is often the first casualty of war'

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BBC boss Tim Davie said: ‘Truth is often the first casualty of war’
Putin's state censorship agency Roskomnadzor cut off access in a Kremlin crackdown

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Putin’s state censorship agency Roskomnadzor cut off access in a Kremlin crackdownCredit: Reuters

BBC boss Tim Davie said: “Truth is often the first casualty of war.

“In a conflict where disinformation and propaganda is rife, there is a need for factual and independent news people can trust.”

Russia’s foreign ministry said the BBC is “undermining domestic political stability and security”.

With Facebook, the regulator said there had been 26 cases of discrimination against Russian media by the platform since October 2020.

Radio Free Europe, one of the continent’s biggest independent news outlets, and Maduza, one of the largest Russian in-exile news sites, were also banned.

RFE staff were called “foreign agents” and evicted from the Moscow HQ.

Russian media has been warned not to refer to the situation in Ukraine as a “war” but to call it a “special operation”.

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