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The New York Times Co. said it was withdrawing its editorial from Russia days after the country passed a law that threatens jail time for anyone who publishes what authorities say is false information about the invasion. Ukraine by country.
“New Russian legislation seeks to criminalize independent and accurate news reporting on the war against Ukraine,” a New York Times spokeswoman said Tuesday. We look forward to their return as soon as possible while we monitor the application of the new law.
The law, an amendment to the country’s criminal code, which Russia’s lower house of parliament approved on Friday, says anyone found guilty of knowingly disseminating false information and data about the use of Russia’s armed forces would be punished with a prison term of up to 15 years or a fine of up to 1.5 million rubles, the equivalent of about $10,500.
The Times’ decision comes after a number of news organizations took action in response to the new law. CNN announced on Friday that it would stop broadcasting in Russia, while British Broadcasting Corp. and Bloomberg News have decided to suspend the work of their journalists inside the country. The Washington Post said on Saturday it would remove bylines and dates from some stories as it continues to investigate whether Russia’s new restrictions apply to international news outlets.
Dow Jones & Co., which publishes The Wall Street Journal, had no immediate comment on Tuesday. On Friday, a Dow Jones spokesperson said, “Our top priorities are the safety of our employees and covering this important story fairly and completely. Being in Moscow, being able to talk freely to officials and picking up the mood, is the key to this mission.
Many tech companies are also no longer active in Russia. On Friday, Russian authorities blocked Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook in response to restrictions the social media platform allegedly imposed on Russian media. TikTok from ByteDance Ltd. on Sunday suspended new content from Russia as a result of the new law, while Netflix Inc. also halted service there.