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Moscow Court Fines BBC World News And Senior Journalist


A Russian court in Moscow has fined BBC World News and its editor in chief in Russia, Yekaterina Yakushenko, for violating two regulations concerning the media.

The court ruled on March 12 that the defendants failed to correctly label content unsuitable for children and failed to submit content to a state archive, the Interfax news agency reported.

They were fined a total of 36,000 rubles ($485), Judge Vasilisa Lapina said in her ruling.

Yakushenko had entered a plea of not guilty.

"We are disappointed that the court has imposed fines totaling 36,000 rubles on our Russian distributor and will be working with them to ensure the obligations are met in the future," a BBC spokesperson told Interfax.

The ruling was based on several reports that aired on January 21 covering bombardments in Syria, the war on drugs in Columbia, and an interview with a U.S. Marine.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Reuters