09:28 GMT24 October 2020
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    The West appears to be indifferent to the most recent incident of media censorship by Turkey in which the Turkish website of the Sputnik News Agency was blocked and its chief editor denied entry to the country, a Russian lawmaker said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The website of Sputnik's Turkish bureau was blocked last Thursday by the Turkish telecommunications regulator as part of unclear "administrative measures" following a court ruling. The bureau’s editor-in-chief, Tural Kerimov, was prevented from leaving an airport in Istanbul on Wednesday and stripped of his accreditation. The agency has also been put under pressure in Baltic countries.

    "The fact that our western colleagues have shown no concern about media being gagged in Turkey – and also in the European Union where Sputnik has recently come under attack – speaks volumes about the double standards [they apply]," Mikhail Yemelyanov, of the party A Just Russia, told RIA Novosti.

    In March, Latvia shut down Sputnik's local website, citing a purported violation of EU regulations. This move was followed by neighboring Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas telling the national parliament that the agency had been put under surveillance.

    Sputnik is a news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites, analog and digital radio, mobile apps and social media. Sputnik newswires run around the clock in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.


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