Russian liberal radio loses appeal against taking it off the air

Ekho Moskvy went off the air last month after Russia’s prosecutor general’s office demanded that access to the station be restricted.

LONDON, UK — A Moscow court on Wednesday (April 20th) dismissed an appeal by liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy, one of Russia’s main news channels, against authorities’ decision to take it off the air for its coverage of Russia’s war in Russia. Ukraine.

Ekho Moskvy went off the air last month after the attorney general’s office demanded that access to the station be restricted. He also ordered his website blocked for spreading what he called “deliberately false information” about the Russian military operation.

The station, which denied the charges, later closed under pressure from authorities.

“The court rejected Ekho’s request to restore the radio station and website,” its longtime editor Alexander Venediktov wrote on Telegram. “We will appeal.”

Russia says its actions in Ukraine are not aimed at occupying territory but at destroying kyiv’s military capabilities and neutralizing what it sees as dangerous nationalists – a pretext dismissed by Ukraine and the West as propaganda baseless to justify the invasion of its neighbour. – Rappler.com

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