Russian officials say YouTube is censoring a new documentary film released on state TV about the Beslan school siege
Russia’s state censor, Roskomnadzor, has accused YouTube of censorship after the video-sharing service added a warning to Alexander Rogatkin’s new documentary film about the 2004 Beslan school siege. Viewers must now verify their age before watching the video and confirm that they wish to access content “identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.”
Roskomnadzor argues that Rogatkin’s film, which premiered last week on the Russian state television network Rossiya 1, contains no prohibited information. Russian officials say they have sent a formal letter to Google, which owns YouTube.
The television network Rossiya 1 first aired Rogatkin’s “Beslan” on September 3 and uploaded the video to its YouTube channel the next day. YouTube added the restrictions and disclaimer within 48 hours. Representatives from Google told the news agency TASS that YouTube users complained about scenes of violence in the film.
On Alexander Rogatkin’s own YouTube channel, meanwhile, the film is still available without any restrictions or warnings.