In February 2017, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation launched a web page to highlight fake news about Russia in the western press.
Below is their statement on a documentary recently aired on BBC Two,
“We took note of the documentary “Russia with Simon Reeve” that was recently aired on BBC Two, which follows British journalists on a tour of Russia’s Far East and was timed to the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution (Mr Reeve will have to explain the connection between the two).
Professionally produced footage of Russian nature, as well as interviews with Russian citizens, are interspersed with anti-Russian political clichés and odious claims of the “harassment and detention” of the film crew by law enforcement, which the British television channel has been using for a long time. The BBC correspondent asks the eternal, hackneyed question of all mainstream media: If they treat foreign journalists like this, what about rank-and-file Russian journalists?
Here’s our answer: Russian citizens and journalists, in particular, do just fine provided they do not forget about the need to abide by Russian law, which Mr Reeve and members of his team ignored for some reason. For example, his cameraman was not properly accredited as a journalist in Russia, and he was fined for unauthorised use of a drone.
Apparently, the BBC journalists found the fine amusing since they again operated the drone without permission.
Furthermore, the journalists were very interested in hazardous areas for some reason. For example, they tried to access an area by a river that was closed due to spring flooding. As you know, entry to such areas is carefully restricted to avoid mishaps, and the journalists were warned about this by law enforcement officers at the site of the incident.
If such cases qualify as “harassment” do these journalists observe the laws and lawful demands of their own law enforcement officers? If not, do they go unpunished?
Reality should not be confused with Russophobic stereotypes. As such, we are adding the documentary to the Fake News section of the ministry’s website.”
The frequency of the number of fake news about Russia reported by the western media has come down. This is evident by the less frequent number of rebuttals that are being reported on the ministries website these days. Watch this space for more rebuttals by the Russian foreign ministry on supposedly fake news about Russia.