The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has criticised the Russian government’s media agency, Roskomnadzor, for blocking U.S. government website, share.america.gov.
The U.S. Department of State’s platform, ShareAmerica, allows users to share gripping narratives and visuals that pique interest in crucial issues like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and the function of civil society.
However, the website has now been blocked in Russia.
This comes after the Russian government’s orders of any stories referring to an “invasion” or “assault” on Ukraine be banned in the oppressive country.
Back in February 26, the agency announced that it had opened an investigation into the “dissemination of untrustworthy publicly significant information” against the independent newspapers Novaya gazeta, Ekho Moskvy, InoSMI, Mediazona, New Times, Dozhd, and other media outlets, for their coverage of the Ukrainian conflict.
The media sites were accused of disseminating inaccurate information about Russia’s bombardment of Ukrainian cities and about civilian fatalities in Ukraine. Roskomnadzor has threatened to restrict the outlets if they do not erase such reports.
Roskomnadzor has also initiated an “administrative investigation” into the media outlets, with fines of up to 5 million rubles ($60,000). Only “official Russian information outlets,” according to the agency, could provide media with “reliable information.”
Russian police detained more than 1,800 people in 60 cities in the first two days after the invasion of Ukraine started for opposing the war, according to OVD-Info, a nongovernmental organisation that tracks political repression.
A letter with the support of about 100 Russian journalists, some of whom work for state-run outlets like TASS and RT, denounces “the military operation that Russia has started against Ukraine.”
An open petition supporting anti-war demonstrations and calling for the end of the war has received more than 1,500 signatures from Russian teachers.
A Russian online petition urging people to protest the war in Ukraine has also received close to 750,000 signatures.
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