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Hardly alone, CNN notorious throughout the Western world for brazenly broadcasting fake news and comment announced they will immediately discontinue operation in Russia after President Putin introduced jail time for Fake News on the Russian army.
Breaking news at 1:11 PM Putin signs law introducing jail terms for ‘fake news’ on the army. Breaking news at 3:53 PM CNN to stop broadcast in Russia.’
Reuters.com reported: CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia, the news channel said on Friday after the introduction of a new law there that could jail anyone intentionally spreading fake news.
Russian officials have said that false information has been spread by Russia’s enemies such as the United States and its Western European allies in an attempt to sow discord among the Russian people.
Lawmakers passed amendments to the criminal code making the spread of fake information an offence punishable with fines or jail terms. They also imposed fines for anyone calling for sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
CNN and other Western media including the BBC panicked and packed: ‘CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia while we continue to evaluate the situation and our next steps moving forward,’ a spokesperson said.
News organizations including the BBC and Canadian Broadcasting Corp have also suspended reporting from Russia following the passing of the law. Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a ‘special operation’.
The Russian Parliament on Friday approved a bill that would impose prison sentences of up to 15 years for spreading fake news about the Russian Armed Forces and the military operation in Ukraine, as the Moscow Times summarized it.
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‘A group of people that use their position to spread fake information or distribute fake news with falsified evidence could be jailed for 5 to 10 years. If the falsified information has grave consequences, the punishment will be 10 to 15 years in prison,’ the Moscow Times reported.
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The Duma furnished some examples of punishable fake news, including old photos of burned military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces that have been photoshopped to have markings of the Russian military, and eight-year-old footage from the war-torn Donbas region of eastern Ukraine repurposed to look like fresh ‘crimes perpetrated by the Russian military.’ Source
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