June 21, 2022

Russian Regulator Says French Radio RFI’s Website Is Blocked – Expat Guide to France

Russia’s media watchdog on Friday blocked access to French radio station RFI’s website for violating a law banning the dissemination of false or extremist information.

The Roskomnadzor regulator did not specify how the radio station broke the law.

RFI’s site appeared in Roskomnadzor’s blocked sites database, and AFP journalists in Moscow were unable to access the station’s English, French or Russian sites.

The site featured a series of hard-hitting reports on the Russian military operation in Ukraine this week.

France Médias Monde, a public holding company in charge of French international broadcasting, said it would continue to seek ways to air RFI’s reporting in Russia.

“We will continue our work, mobilizing all technical solutions to continue to make our content accessible to the Russian people,” said the director general of France Médias Monde, Marie-Christine Saragosse, in a press release.

Russia has accelerated its efforts to silence independent media and government opponents since the start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

Russian lawmakers have passed a law providing for up to 15 years in prison for publishing military information deemed false by the government.

The government has also restricted access to dozens of independent media outlets, also blocking access to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On Friday, authorities blocked access to the Russian-language website of the independent newspaper The Moscow Times for its coverage of Ukraine.

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