Russian-backed submissions disqualified from this year’s Emmy awards

All submissions funded by the Russian government for this year’s Emmys have been disqualified, the award organisers have announced.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) said it is “appalled” by the conflict in Ukraine and could not “in good conscience” do business with those funded by Russia.

“Like countless individuals and organisations worldwide, NATAS has been appalled by Russia’s unprecedented and unprovoked attack on the sovereign territory of Ukraine,” said chairman Terry O’Reilly.

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“As creators who depend on robust freedoms to shed light on stories which elucidate and impact the world around us, our members feel a deep kinship with and concern for the Ukrainian people whose liberties are at risk of being overtaken by these hostile actions.

“In light of this globally-condemned military campaign and the appropriate economic sanctions subsequently enacted in response, NATAS has determined that we cannot in good conscience do business with any entity associated with or funded by the government of Russia, including RT and RT America.”

Key developments:
Vladimir Putin insists Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ‘going to plan’
• There has been fierce fighting between local forces and Russian troops on the outskirts of Energodar – with casualties reported
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says only ‘urgent action by Europe’ can stop the Russians
Russian forces continue to claim control of the southern port city of Kherson
• Mariupol, the main port on the Sea of Azov, remains surrounded by Russian forces and under heavy bombardment

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