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European news agencies alliance suspends Russia’s TASS

The decision came during the EANA’s general assembly in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, the alliance’s president Clemens Pig told reporters.

  • In February, three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, EANA’s executive body composed of five members, including AFP CEO Fabrice Fries, decided to “immediately” suspend TASS while awaiting the general assembly’s decision.

At the time, EANA said the move followed a “new regulation enforced by the Russian government which is heavily restricting media freedom.”

When the Russian invasion started, Russia’s communications regulator ordered independent media to avoid using “assault, invasion, or declaration of war,” warning that they faced being blocked and fined.

Roskomnadzor also said that “reliable information” could be found in “official Russian information outlets.”

TASS was flouting one of the alliance’s “most important purposes… to carry on journalistic activities at the highest standard possible,” EANA secretary general Alexandru Ion Giboi said.

  • The alliance also voiced full support for Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.

“We will continue to help and do whatever is in our human power to support Ukrinform, our colleagues and our friends there,” Giboi said.

Source: Al Arabiya news

Header: BELGOROD REGION, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 26, 2022: Servicemen are seen near the village of Oktyabrsky, Belgorod Region, near the Russian-Ukrainian border. Early on 24 February, Russia’s President Putin announced his decision to launch a special military operation after considering requests from the leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic. Anton Vergun/TASS