BBC World News has been shut down in Russia, the broadcaster said.
Russian authorities have restricted access to foreign and independent media, including major BBC websites, in recent days as the invasion of Ukraine continues.
On Friday, her parliament passed legislation making spreading “fake” or “false” news about the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine a criminal offense with up to 15 years in prison, prompting the BBC to temporarily suspend the work of all of its news hire journalists and support staff in Russia.
BBC World News presenter Victoria Derbyshire was the first to announce the broadcaster’s suspension.
She told viewers just before midday on Sunday: “BBC World News, the channel you’re watching if you’re outside the UK and which is the BBC’s global television news channel, has just shut down in Russia.”
The BBC press office has been contacted for further comment.
Since the Russian invasion began last month, the channel has made efforts to ensure people in Russia and Ukraine can access its news.
Both its Ukrainian and Russian language services are available on the dark web via the Tor network, privacy-focused software, and the company has also brought back its shortwave radio service to thwart attempts at censorship.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova previously accused the BBC of playing “a determined role in undermining Russian stability and security”.
In the UK, broadcasting regulator Ofcom has launched 27 inquiries into the “reasonable impartiality” of programs aired on Kremlin-backed news channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today.
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