Euronews channel says it's blocked in Russia over Ukraine war coverage

AP , Tuesday 22 Mar 2022

International news channel Euronews says it has been blocked from broadcasting in Russia due to its Ukraine war coverage.

Euronews channel
Russian authorities pulled Euronews channel off air and blocked its websites in Russia. AP

"We firmly condemn this intolerable restriction imposed on millions ... in Russia who relied on us to get impartial news,'' Euronews said, adding that Russian authorities pulled the channel off air and blocked its websites in Russia.

Euronews said it might launch legal action to continue to freely broadcast in the country. Euronews is broadcast in 160 countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has intensified a crackdown on media and individuals who fail to toe his line on Russia's war in Ukraine, blocking Facebook and Twitter and signing into law a bill that criminalizes the intentional spreading of ``fake'' reports.

Euronews said it strongly rejected Russian claims it spread ``fake news'' and that it allegedly called on Russians to protest the war. It said it faced an ``unacceptable threat of criminal liability'' due to the new Russian law.

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