Head of human rights council hails upcoming resumption of CNN broadcasts to Russia

Source: Tass

Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the presidential human rights council, has positively reacted to the decision made by Roskomnadzor to re-issue a registration certificate for Russia to CNN.

"I welcome this decision and I see it as a step towards information diversity," Fedotov told Interfax on Thursday.

Roskomnadzor said earlier on Thursday that CNN had been issued a new media registration certificate.

It was reported in November 2014 that the European division of the concern Time Warner had sent Russian operators a notice stating that CNN would stop broadcasting to Russia in 2015.

The plans to resume CNN broadcasts were earlier supported by Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Russia's oldest human rights activist and the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group.

"I believe it's a good thing. We need information," she told Interfax last week. Alekseyeva said it is always better for television viewers to have different sources of information.

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