Rus­sian me­dia reg­u­la­tor takes aim at BBC

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MOSCO W — Rus­sia’s me­dia reg­u­la­tor says it’s check­ing if the BBC vi­o­lated Rus­sian law when it quoted the leader of Is­lamic State. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions over­sight agency Roscom­nad­zor said Thurs­day that BBC re­ports with state­ments by Abu Bakr al- Bagh­dadi “con­veyed ide­o­log­i­cal prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

The agency says it’s eval­u­at­ing whether the seg­ments com­plied with Rus­sia’s anti- ex­trem­ism law. The BBC has in­sisted it strictly abides by Rus­sian laws.

The Rus­sian reg­u­la­tor launched a re­view of BBC op­er­a­tions last month after Bri­tish broad­cast­ing reg­u­la­tor Of­com said Krem­lin- funded TV chan­nel RT broke im­par­tial­ity rules in its cov­er­age of the poi­son­ing of a Rus­sian ex- spy in Eng­land. Of­com said it was con­sid­er­ing “statu­tory sanc­tions” against RT that could range from a fine to a li­cence sus­pen­sion.

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