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Does the BBC undermine the Russian political system?
The simple answer to that question is ‘no’, but that’s what the Russian Foreign Ministry said today, without providing evidence, that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was being used to undermine the domestic political situation and security in Russia.
Moscow said foreign media, including Britain, offer a partial view of the world. Some Western governments reject this claim and accuse Russian state media of bias, especially over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Britain’s media regulator Ofcom on Monday launched 15 inquiries into the exit of Russian-backed TV channel RT over the impartiality of its coverage of the invasion of Ukraine. “The fact that Russian journalists are still at least able to work there (in Britain) is associated only with London’s fears of jeopardizing the position of the BBC radio and television company in Russiagiven that he is far from being given the last role in undermining the domestic political stability and security of our country,”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing in Moscow. The BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Asked about Zakharova’s remarks, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the BBC operated independently of the government.
“It is important that the BBC and other media organizations are editorially independent and free to report the news as they do,” he said. the The European Union proposed banning RT and the Sputnik news agency to prevent what it said was Russian propaganda. But Britain has warned that such an approach could lead to a reciprocal Moscow ban on the BBC and others.
Russia and Britain have had disastrous relations for years, hitting low points with the 2006 fatal poisoning of former Russian security guard Alexander Litvinenko in London and the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury in 2018. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last month accused the British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of demagoguery and refusal to listen after talks in Moscow that underscored the gulf between them over the Ukraine crisis.