Russia: Peskov confirms BBC is under investigation *AUDIO*

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov confirmed that Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has started an investigation into the BBC and BBC’s World News Channel, speaking during a telephone conference with journalists in Moscow on Friday.
According to Peskov, “many [departments] have collected many questions to the BBC for a long time in terms of biased coverage of certain events. Not in media mode, but in biased mode.”
“No one has the right to reproach the company in this way, only the department that, in accordance with our legislation, has the authority to do so, can do it,” he added.
Roskomnadzor stated that it is “launching a probe into the BBC World News channel broadcasting programs in Russia, as well as into the BBC’s websites, in order to figure out whether their content is consistent with Russian laws."
The move comes after on Thursday the British media regulator, Ofcom, said that the RT TV Channel had broken media impartiality rules.
RT said in a statement that “Ofcom has failed to fully take on board what we said in response to its investigations and, in particular, has not paid due regard to the rights of a broadcaster and the audience.”
During his phone interview, Peskov also said that that Moscow will develop measures to protect Russian media that have fallen under illegal US sanctions.
“Those media organisations that fell under the US sanctions continue to work,” he said.
“Of course, if getting under the sanctions, which we consider to be illegal, entails critical situations, in each case we will develop measures to support these media,” the spokesman added.
On December 19, the United States imposed sanctions against 11 individuals allegedly involved in intervening in the US presidential election in 2016, as well as against four information resources that, according to Washington, were involved in attempts to influence elections around the world.

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