In reaction to UK sanctions against Russian public figures, Russia has blocked key UK-based media and defence figures.
Clive Myrie, Orla Guerin, and Nick Beake of the BBC, as well as Director General Tim Davie, are among the 29 media figures on the list.
A spokeswoman for the BBC stated that the organisation “will continue to report independently and fairly.”
Journalists from Sky TV, the Times, the Guardian, Channel Four, and ITV are also prohibited.
Hundreds of elected British MPs have already been barred from entering Russia.
The Russian foreign ministry indicated that efforts to broaden the list would continue.
“The British journalists on the list are deliberately disseminating inaccurate and one-sided information about Russia and developments in Ukraine and Donbas,” Russia’s foreign ministry stated. “They also contribute to the fueling of Russophobia in British society with their skewed assessments.”
Orla Guerin reported for the BBC from the Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, where she claimed the city’s fabric was being destroyed in a purposeful scorched earth campaign. As Russian troops invaded Ukraine, seeking to conquer the city in the early days of the war, Clive Myrie reported live from Kyiv.
Stuart Ramsay, the head correspondent for Sky News, was wounded in a Russian ambush while reporting outside of Kyiv at the same time and is also on the list.
John Witherow, the Times’ editor, Chris Evans, the Telegraph’s Katharine Viner, and the Daily Mail’s Ted Verity are among the other prominent journalists on the list.
The list includes Guardian correspondents Shaun Walker and Luke Harding, as well as BBC presenters Sophy Ridge, Nick Robinson, and Cathy Newman, columnists Con Coughlin and Gideon Rachman, and Russia expert Mark Galeotti.
After lived in Russia for more than a decade, Shaun Walker said he was not in a hurry to travel, but it was nevertheless a “really strange/sad feeling” to be on the list.
Russia has shut down independent media sites and made reporting on its war in Ukraine that it views to be “false information” illegal. Moscow refers to its invasion as a “special military operation,” rather than a war.
Russia has also used the term “foreign agent” to describe journalists and other people it doesn’t like. On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights concluded that the legislation in question infringed on the rights of persons implicated.
There are prominent members in the armed forces on the sanctions list, notably Royal Navy Chief Adm Sir Ben Key and Air Force Chief Sir Michael Wigston, who are not journalists. Alex Cresswell, the head of Thales UK, and other senior colleagues, as well as a number of top BAE Systems executives, including the company’s overall CEO Charles Woodburn, have been forbidden from entering Russia.