Russia blocks access to Google.News

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The Russian media regulator (Roskomnadzor) has blocked the News.Google news portal, accusing it of facilitating access to “false” information about the “special military operation” in Ukraine.

The decision was made at the request of the Attorney General, the French Agency reports, citing Russian news agencies without naming them.

Google.news provided access to “many publications and material containing false information (…) about the development of the special military operation on Ukrainian territory,” the statement said.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, the Russian authorities have intensified their control over the media. Many, including the BBC, were denied access. A Moscow court has declared the American social networking platforms Facebook and Instagram “extremist”, while last week Roskomnadzor accused Google and YouTube of “terrorist” acts, taking the first step to ban them.

Under a new law passed in early March, anyone who spreads “false” information about the Russian military risks being sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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