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Russia Won't Renew ABC-TV's Accreditation

(Posted August 2, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

MOSCOW - Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it will not renew permission for ABC-TV to operate in the country after the network broadcast an interview with a notorious Chechen warlord.


In a statement, the ministry said ABC would be considered "undesirable" by all Russian state agencies because of an interview with Shamil Basayev, which was broadcast last week.


The ministry called the broadcast a "clear fact supporting the propaganda of terrorism" and said it contained "direct vocal calls for violence against Russian citizens."


As a result, the ministry said it decided "not to renew the accreditations of employees of this television company after they expire."


The Foreign Ministry is the main government agency authorizing foreign media outlets to work in Russia, and the decision effectively now bars ABC from working here.


ABC News had no immediate comment.



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