Entertainment and tech companies pull out of Russia | News


“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” Reuters quoted a Netflix spokesperson as saying.

Earlier last week, Netflix temporarily halted all future projects and acquisitions in Russia as it assessed the impact of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Avid announced on Friday that it has ceased all sales and support to all customers, users and resellers in Russia and Belarus.

Jeff Rosica, CEO and President of Avid Technology, said, “Russian political leaders have crossed a line by attacking the sovereign nation of Ukraine, causing harm and disruption to its people, including our Avid colleagues.

“Much of the world has responded with tough economic sanctions – and Avid is joining them in putting pressure on the Russian regime. We simply cannot make it easy for Russian political leaders, through state-run and owned news and media organizations, to spread propaganda and disinformation.

Companies like Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and Dell have announced that they have suspended sales in the country. American credit card companies Visa, Mastercard and American Express announced this weekend that they would reduce their services in Russia,

All major studios have announced that they will stop releasing their films in Russia. Major European distributors such as BBC Studios, All3Media, ITV Studios and Fremantle have also suspended trade with Russia.

Last week, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall revealed that ITV Studios had written to Russian broadcasters asking them to drop local versions of I’m a celebrity… get me out of here! and children of the voice.

“We don’t want our shows to be shown in Russia,” McCall said during ITV’s annual results, in comments reported by Broadcast. “We also don’t sell new content in Russia.”

Meanwhile, BBC News journalists in Russia have resumed broadcasting, days after suspending work following the introduction of a tough new media law.

The law threatens anyone suspected of spreading “fake” news about the Russian armed forces with up to 15 years in prison.

A BBC statement said: ‘We have considered the implications of the new legislation alongside the urgent need to report from within Russia.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to resume English reporting from Russia tonight (Tuesday March 8), after it was temporarily suspended at the end of last week.

“We will tell this crucial part of the story independently and impartially, adhering to the BBC’s strict editorial standards. The safety of our staff in Russia remains our number one priority.”


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