In retaliatory move, Russia shuts down German broadcaster DW in Moscow

WION Web Team
New Delhi Updated: Feb 03, 2022, 08:31 PM(IST)

FILE PHOTO: The logo of German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle is pictured in Berlin, Germany, January 30, 2020 Photograph:( Reuters )

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Russia shut down DW operations in Moscow after Germany decided to ban Russian broadcaster RT DE in Berlin

Russia shut down German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) in Moscow as a retaliatory move to Berlin's decision to ban Russian broadcaster RT DE. Russia said it was stripping DW's staff of their accreditation.

Moscow said it would stop the German channel being broadcast in Russia and start proceedings that would see it declared a "foreign agent," a designation that carries a negative Soviet-era connotation.

Russian foreign ministry said that it would bar entry in Russia for German officials involved in banning of RT DE.

The row between Russia and Germany has erupted amid tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine Crisis. The strain between Germany and Russia can be first political test for news elected German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Germany's MABB media watchdog and Commission for Licensing and Supervision (ZAK) of media institutions said this week that RT DE could not broadcast in Germany using a Serbian licence, a decision that angered Russia.

In a statement on its website detailing its retaliatory measures, Russia's foreign ministry described the German move to ban Russian broadcaster "unfriendly".

No immediate comment from DW was forthcoming.

The announcement comes amid a crackdown on media outlets Russia considers "foreign agents". It uses the term to designate foreign-funded organisations it says are engaged in political activity.

(With inputs from agencies)

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