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Italy public broadcaster latest outlet to suspend reporting from Russia

The Russian national tricolor flag flutters on top of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in central Moscow, in the evening of March 3, 2022. (AFP)
The Russian national tricolor flag flutters on top of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in central Moscow, in the evening of March 3, 2022. (AFP)

Italy’s public television channel RAI announces an immediate suspension in reporting from Russia after Moscow backed the imposition of jail terms on media publishing “false information” about the military.

“Following the approval of the law which gives heavy sentences for publishing information considered false by the authorities, RAI is spending from today the journalistic services of its own reporters and correspondents in the Russian Federation,” the channel says in a statement.

Earlier, several Western media organizations — including the BBC, CNN International, Bloomberg News, ABC, and CBS News — also suspended their media operations in the country.

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