West’s treatment of Russian media could lead to loss of US journalists’ accreditation

In this photo taken on March 20, 2022 and published by the Press Office of the Ukrainian Presidency, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gives a video speech in Kyiv – Copyright AFP JACK GUEZ

On Monday, Russia warned US news agencies that they risk losing their accreditation unless the West’s treatment of Russian journalists improves.

Friday, according to VOA News, The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was summoning US media chiefs to Moscow for a meeting on Monday to brief them on their response to US restrictions on Russian media.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, some Russian state media have been prevented from operating in the United States and some other Western countries by stripping their broadcasting licenses and sanctioning the media.

Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that “if the work of Russian media – operators and journalists – is not standardized in the United States, the strictest measures will inevitably follow.”

Today’s warning is this answer. At today’s meeting, Zakharova highlighted some of the difficulties faced by Russian journalists, including visa renewal problems, blocked bank accounts and alleged harassment by US intelligence agencies, according to three sources with knowledge. direct knowledge of the meeting, reports Reuters.

In a move that is more “tit for tat”, Zakharova warned the media that if Russian journalists were not able to work freely in the United States, then their reporters in Russia risked encountering similar difficulties with their visas, media accreditation and bank accounts.

The Globe and Mail added that Zakharova also told US media representatives that unless things change, US journalists should leave. She added that Russia did not want to do it but was forced to because of the plight of Russian journalists.

State news agency RIA said representatives from the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Associated Press, NPR and Alhurra TV attended the meeting. News agencies did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meeting.