Court upholds decision to block user access to liberal media website

The Moscow Tagansky District Court has upheld a decision made by media watchdog Roskomnadzor to block user access to the website of the internet newspaper Grani.ru and include it in the register of prohibited sites at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office.

The Moscow Tagansky District Court has upheld a decision made by media watchdog Roskomnadzor to block user access to the website of the internet newspaper Grani.ru and include it in the register of prohibited sites at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office. Justice Yulia Smolina declined the lawsuit filed by the paper on Tuesday, an Interfax correspondent reported on Tuesday.

According to earlier reports, the media organization had asked the court to invalidate the actions taken by the Prosecutor General's Office and Roskomnadzor and "order them to remove the obstacles to the exercise of freedom of the media."Roskomnadzor earlier reported that the websites grani.ru, kasparov.ru, the internet publication Daily Journal, and Alexei Navalny's Livejournal account had been included on the register of prohibited information sources.

Roskomnadzor press officer Vadim Ampelonsky then told Interfax that the communications operators had been ordered to immediately restrict user access to the aforementioned sites.

According to earlier reports, the media organization had asked the court to invalidate the actions taken by the Prosecutor General's Office and Roskomnadzor and "order them to remove the obstacles to the exercise of freedom of the media."

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