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At its meeting today in Berlin, the DW Broadcasting Council discussed the accusations of a State Duma commission cited in agency reports.
After receiving comprehensive information by the Director General Peter Limbourg and detailed examination, the Broadcasting Council came to the conclusion that DW's reporting from Russia is in no way objectionable. The Broadcasting Council therefore rejects the accusation that DW interfered in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation.
The Council's chairman, Prelate Karl Jüsten: "We expect the Russian authorities to ensure that all DW correspondents in Russia can report freely and without restriction. The free exchange of information is of utmost importance and this includes Deutsche Welle staff being able to work unhindered.
The DW Broadcasting Council expressed hope for a swift settlement of this discussion.