The Washington Post suppresses the signatures of Russian journalists; BBC promotes Russian dark web site
The Washington Post says it will remove bylines and dates from articles written by the paper’s reporters in Russia to ensure their safety.
Some inside news: In response to Putin’s threats against journalists in Russia, the @washingtonpost remove signatures and dates from articles produced by our journalists in Russia. The objective is to ensure the safety of personnel.
It’s been a while. I have never seen anything like it.
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) March 5, 2022
The move comes after Russia enacted a bill that criminalizes the intentional dissemination of what Moscow considers “false” reports.
Blockages have been imposed on the BBC, Voice of America and the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Latvian site Meduza.
In response, the BBC promoted its Ukrainian and Russian language services on the dark web.
The government’s sweeping action against foreign media that publish news in Russian aims to establish even tighter controls on the news domestic audiences see about the invasion of Ukraine.