new York Times Said he’s taking his employees out Russia “For now” following the passage of a censorship law that threatens prison sentences for those reporting an assault Ukraine Considered “fake news”.
The Times’ move follows reactions from other media outlets, which have limited broadcasts from reporters based there.
A New York Times spokesperson said, “Russia’s new law seeks to criminalize free, accurate news reporting about the war against Ukraine. For the safety and security of our editorial staff working in the region, we are providing them with We look forward to their return as soon as possible while monitoring the implementation of the new law. We look forward to our live, robust coverage of the war, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and these efforts to suppress independent journalism. But we will continue with our rigorous reporting.
Last week, CNN, ABC News and CBS News said they were suspending their broadcasts in Russia, while the BBC said it was suspending reporting from there.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed legislation that punishes those who spread “fake news” about armed forces or military operations. It has also been taken to mean that the invasion has also been called a “war”, as the government has insisted that it be a “special operation”.
Michael Slackman, assistant managing editor for The New York Times, said in a memo to employees that the law “effectively criminalizes independent news reporting about the war on Ukraine.”
“We are working with our team of legal counsel, security teams and highly experienced journalists in the field to understand the potential implications of this latest maneuver,” he wrote.
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