Media regulator in Russia starts checking legality of BBC’s operations

Russia’s media regulator said it would carry out checks to determine if the BBC World News channel and BBC Internet sites complied with Russian law. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 December 2018

Media regulator in Russia starts checking legality of BBC’s operations

MOSCOW: Russia’s media regulator said on Friday it would carry out checks to determine if the BBC World News channel and BBC Internet sites complied with Russian law, a move it described as a response to British pressure on a Russian TV channel.
Roskomnadzor, the regulator, said in a statement its checks were Russia’s response to a decision by British media regulator Ofcom, which on Thursday said that Russian broadcaster RT had broken impartiality rules in some of its news and current affairs programs.
“The results of our check will be announced separately,” the Russian regulator said.
There was no immediate comment from either the BBC or Ofcom.
Ofcom said on Thursday it was considering imposing some kind of sanction on RT, which is financed by the Russian state. It took issue in particular with its coverage of the poisoning in Britain of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Britain has accused agents working for Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, of committing the crime, an allegation Moscow denies.
British Media Secretary Jeremy Wright also weighed in on Thursday, saying what he called RT’s mask as an impartial news provider was slipping.
RT rejected Ofcom’s findings, saying Ofcom had ignored its explanations and not paid “due regard” to its rights.
Commenting on the launch of the Russian investigation on Friday, Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, said on Twitter that Ofcom had hinted that it planned to strip her channel of its broadcasting license in Britain.
“(Welcome to the) brave new world,” she wrote.
“I assume they (the Russian regulator) will now look to see if the BBC expresses alternative points of view. With a microscope.”
Russian state media has criticized the BBC in recent days, accusing it of trying to falsely prove that Moscow was involved in whipping up street protests in France, a charge that Russia rejects.


TWITTER POLL: Nearly 50% say they’ll consider attending a concert, cruise up to 6 months after the coronavirus crisis

Updated 05 April 2020

TWITTER POLL: Nearly 50% say they’ll consider attending a concert, cruise up to 6 months after the coronavirus crisis

  • Nearly 90% of people said they would eventually go back to crowded events
  • For some the risks are just too much - for them this is the end for concerts

DUBAI: The coronavirus crisis has brought the world to a standstill, people wear masks and rubber gloves to protect them from this hidden danger.

 

But a recent Arab News Twitter poll revealed nearly half of people would be confident in attending a large group event such as a class, concert or cruise within six months of the crisis ending.

Of the 1,653 people who took part – 49.7 percent said it would take up to six months before they’d go to these events, while a defiant 19.4 percent said they’d be happy to go straight away.

More than 20 percent would wait a somewhat more cautious six months, to a year before setting foot in a concert hall, classroom or cruise.

But for some the damage is already done – 10.6 percent said that was it for them, their cruising and concert days are over.

There were 1,653 votes cast in this Arab News Twitter poll

The coronavirus has changed everyone’s lives and most long for a return to normality.

But @TheFarhanSheikh said they believed people were changed for the long haul.