The Culture Secretary paid tribute to those braving Russian bombs to provide ‘unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone’ – in stark contrast to ‘poisonous propaganda’ from the Kremlin
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Emotional Nadine Dorries is close to tears as she pays tribute to warzone journalists for providing the world with ‘unbiased and accurate’ reports from Ukraine

  • Nadine Dorries praised courage of journalists ‘risking their lives’ to cover crisis
  • Culture Secretary Miss Dorries previously called for an end to the licence fee 
  • She said that Russia Today, known as RT, should lose its UK broadcasting licence

Nadine Dorries appeared close to tears yesterday as she praised the courage of journalists ‘risking their lives’ to cover the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

The Culture Secretary paid tribute to those braving Russian bombs to provide ‘unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone’ – in stark contrast to ‘poisonous propaganda’ from the Kremlin.

‘We are on the side of free media,’ she told the Commons. ‘It was brilliant to see the audience for the BBC’s Russian-language news site has gone up from 3.1million to 10.7million in the past week.

‘Despite his best efforts to censor reporting in Russia, Putin’s own citizens are turning to factual, independent information in their millions.’

The Culture Secretary paid tribute to those braving Russian bombs to provide ‘unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone’ – in stark contrast to ‘poisonous propaganda’ from the Kremlin

The Culture Secretary paid tribute to those braving Russian bombs to provide ‘unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone’ – in stark contrast to ‘poisonous propaganda’ from the Kremlin

At times pausing to maintain her composure, she continued: ‘At this point, I would just like to offer my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all those journalists working for the BBC, ITV and other news outlets who are risking their lives to bring us unbiased and accurate news from a live war zone.’

Miss Dorries – who has previously called for an end to the licence fee – stressed yesterday: ‘I have always said the BBC is a great British global brand and it needs protecting. We need to review the funding model in order to protect the BBC… including the World Service.’

She went on to say Russia Today, now known as RT, should lose its UK broadcasting licence. 

Media watchdog Ofcom has launched 27 investigations into the channel, which is now no longer available on Sky or Freeview. 

Putin ‘must not be allowed to exploit our open and free media to spread poisonous propaganda into British homes’, Miss Dorries vowed.

In Moscow, a foreign ministry spokesman claimed the BBC ‘plays a determined role in undermining Russian stability and security’. 

They claimed the only reason Russian journalists had not been banned from working in the UK was ‘related to fears that the BBC might be targeted’, adding: ‘We haven’t invented that… it stems from the British Foreign Secretary.’ Liz Truss had called for ‘careful judgment’ on RT earlier this week, warning that a ban in Britain could lead to Russia blocking the BBC in retaliation.

She went on to say Russia Today, now known as RT, should lose its UK broadcasting licence

She went on to say Russia Today, now known as RT, should lose its UK broadcasting licence

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