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Foreign media in Russia are not restricted

Summary of Disinformation

Restrictive measures against foreign media have not been applied in Russia.

Disproof

According to the Freedom House Report ''Freedom on the Net 2018'', Russians are still able to access a wide variety of foreign sources, but many independent online media outlets within Russia have been forced to shut down in recent years due to increasing government pressure.

The Russian authorities censor a wide range of topics online, most often under the pretext of combating “extremism”. Content subject to blacklisting or removal includes LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) expression, information on the conflict in Ukraine, and material related to the political opposition.

Russia has been rated 149th out of 180 countries for press freedom, according to an annual index published by international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

More disinformation cases about media freedom in Russia are available here.

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Reported in: Issue 162
Date: 21.08.2019
Language: Bosnian Montenegro Serbian
Country: Russia
Keywords: Freedom of speech, Media
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Srbija
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