The New York Times is moving its editorial office from Russia after Vladimir Putin’s government launched a crackdown on journalists covering the invasion of Ukraine.
The Kremlin has signed a censorship law threatening jail terms for reporters who spread so-called “fake news” about the Russian military attack in Ukraine.
“Russia’s new legislation seeks to criminalize independent, accurate reporting of the war on Ukraine,” a Times spokesman told The Post.
“For the safety of our editorial offices working in the region, we are relocating them abroad for the time being.”
The spokesman added: “We look forward to their return as soon as possible while we monitor the application of the new law.”
“We will continue our robust live coverage of the war and our rigorous reporting of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and these attempts to quash independent journalism.”
Bloomberg News also pulled staff from Russia, while CNN International and ABC News said they would stop broadcasting from the country in response to the crackdown.
Last week Russia blocked access to foreign news channels including the BBC, US government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Latvia-based website Meduza.
As part of the crackdown on information, Putin also began restricting his compatriots’ access to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
The law, which was quickly approved by both houses of the Kremlin-controlled parliament and signed by Putin, offers prison sentences of up to 15 years for those who disseminate information that go against the Russian government’s account of the war.
More than 12,000 Russian military personnel were killed, according to Ukrainian officials. But the official figures from the Russian government put the number of victims at several hundred.
As the invasion entered its 13th day on Tuesday, the United Nations said 406 civilians were killed and 801 injured. At least 2 million Ukrainians have been displaced.
Online group Anonymous claimed Monday it hacked into Russian state television and streaming services to broadcast footage detailing the horrors of the war in Ukraine.
The mysterious vigilante cyber group late Sunday shared footage by channels forced to air pro-Kremlin footage instead of showing shocking scenes of rocket attacks that have killed innocent civilians.
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