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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ministry Warns TV Channels, Moves to Close 2 Newspapers

The Press Ministry issued formal warnings to almost all television stations Monday about their lack of children's broadcasting.

It also started legal proceedings against two marginal newspapers accused of inciting ethnic and religious hatred.

Following an inspection of Moscow's television channels, the Press Ministry concluded that ORT, RTR, Kultura, NTV, CTC, TV Center and Stolitsa broadcast less children's programming than is stipulated in their licenses.

ORT, for example, dedicates 3.8 percent of its airtime to children instead of the prescribed 15 percent, while NTV devotes 1.5 percent instead of 10 percent, the ministry said.

Press Ministry spokesman Yury Akinshin said the warning was mild and did not include a deadline to correct the programming.

If more than two official warnings are made over the course of a year, the ministry can file a suit to revoke a television station's license.

After repeated warnings, the ministry has filed charges to shut down the Russkiye Vedomosti newspaper, which has published nationalist and anti-Semitic articles, the ministry said. In addition, it issued a warning Monday to the Kazachy Krug newspaper.