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According to the resolution, the TTJA calls on communications companies to block and restrict end-user access to seven websites: ntv.ru, ren.tv, 5-tv.ru, 78.ru, 1tv.com, lenta .ru ja tass. ru.

These websites are currently accessible via Internet access services offered by communications companies operating in Estonian territory.

The TTJA says it has identified the dissemination of war propaganda, justification and support for the commission of crimes of aggression and incitement to hatred on the sites in question.

The order is in effect for a period of 12 months. The TTJA will continue to monitor the content of these sites.

On February 25, the TTJA ordered Estonian telecom operators to stop broadcasting one Belarusian channel and four Russian channels: RTR Planeta, NTV Mir (including NTV Mir Baltic), Belarus 24, Rossia 24 and TV Center International.

The content incites hatred, journalistic ethics are not respected

The agency said the blocks were introduced because the websites in question publish content that supports and justifies Russian aggression against Ukraine and does not respect the principles of the Charter of Ethics for Journalists.

Examples of content include statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, and labeling Ukrainians as Nazis.

The agency released a 14-page precept listing examples, several of which were published by ERR:

  • A speech by Putin published on tass.ru claimed that the purpose of the “special military operation” against Ukraine is to protect citizens who are being bullied by the Ukrainian government. He also accused kyiv of perpetrating “genocide”. Putin said this justified the attack on Ukraine.
  • Lenta.ru posted a comment from Kadyrov saying he was eager to fight and kill Ukrainians, whom he calls nationalists and banderites.
  • The 5.tv.ru website published a statement by Lavrov in which he said that Russia would not attack other countries, just as it did not attack Ukraine, denying the ongoing war.

“In none of the above cases did the website owner or the reporter who created the story deem it necessary to add explanatory commentary or give the other party an opportunity to make their point. view,” wrote the TTJA.

The agency says the websites misrepresent facts because they are not presented with additional explanatory context.

The TTJA also accused the media of inciting inter-ethnic hatred, calling the Ukrainian people Nazis and inciting hatred against Ukrainians.

The agency based its assessment in part on media interviews with pro-Russian supporters of the war. These people do not believe that the country is waging an unprovoked war against a peaceful country and killing civilians.

The TTJA believes that information provided by the websites may incite hatred against Ukraine and other Western countries.

“One cannot exclude the possibility that they will start issuing indirect or direct calls to attack Ukrainians outside the territory of countries engaged in a military conflict as well,” he wrote. “The content of these websites can already influence their subscribers to express a negative attitude and behave violently towards Ukrainians.”

Moreover, while the protests in Estonia have so far been peaceful and anti-war, the situation could change “rapidly” in the future and could be triggered by content posted on these websites.

“Content that denigrates the Ukrainian state and Ukrainians therefore poses a threat to the security and public order of society and to national security, which is why immediate action must be taken,” the agency wrote. .

Website domains should be blocked and made inaccessible. The precept can be challenged for the next 30 days.

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