Russia and press freedom: one of the few stations

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Eho Moskvi Radio, one of the last independent media outlets in Russia, was disbanded following reports of the war in Ukraine.

“Eho Moskvi’s board of directors decided by a majority vote to disband Eho Moskvi’s radio station and website,” Alexei Venediktov, editor-in-chief, was quoted as saying by Reuters and news.ro.

The decision came after the General Prosecutor’s Office requested this week that access be restricted to Eho Moskvi and the online news channel TV Rain, due to the way it reported on the situation in Ukraine.

The attorney general argued that his ruling came after “the targeted and systematic posting by their websites of information calling for extremist activity, violence and deliberately false information about the actions of Russian forces as part of a special operation” in Ukraine.

Russia rejects the invasion term and says its actions are not aimed at occupying territories, but at destroying Ukraine’s military capabilities and capturing what it considers dangerous nationalists – a pretext rejected by Ukraine and the West as baseless propaganda.

Russian journalists have faced an increasingly difficult environment in recent years, with many being described by authorities as “foreign agents.”

Pressure has risen since President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, with most state-controlled media and organizations respecting the language used by the Kremlin to describe the war.