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Monday, August 01, 2005

 

Russian station boycotted after Chechen interview

From Mosnews:

The Russian Defense Ministry has deprived the ABC television channel off accreditation. Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Sunday the channel is now “persona non grata for the ministry, no interview will be granted to it ever.”

This step was made by the ministry after the channel broadcast an interview with the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who has claimed responsibility for several bloody terrorist attacks in Russia.

Ivanov expressed indignation in connection with the interview and said he “gave the order to the ministry’s press service chief to not let any of the ministry’s serviceman have contacts with the television company mentioned.”

The Foreign Ministry sent its protest to the television company several hours before the interview was broadcast. After the interview, the U.S. Department of State made a statement calling Basayev an international terrorist who will be arrested immediately if found on U.S. territory.

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