Russian state media banned from EU, journalists criticize ‘censorship’

Russian state media banned from EU, journalists criticize ‘censorship’

The Russian state media RT and Sputnik are almost completely banned by the EU. This was announced by the President of the European Commission, von der Leyen, on Sunday and has now been officially confirmed. RT (Russia Today) and Sputnik are currently banned from TV, satellite, internet, online platforms and apps.

“The systematic manipulation of information and disinformation by the Kremlin is an active tool in the attack on Ukraine,” said Borrell, the EU’s foreign affairs chief. said. “Today we are taking an important first step against Putin’s manipulation.”

RT does not have a broadcasting license in the Netherlands. This means that providers do not have to remove the channel from their programming. But everything indicates that providers will soon have to block websites. Because the legal text is still fresh, providers have yet to see what the final results are, but all signals that the NOS receives from those involved point in the direction of a blockade.

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The Dutch Association of Journalists is concerned about the blocking of the media. According to the NVJ, it is not the task of states to indirectly block news channels and the EU thus undermines the foundations of a free press.

The journalists’ union recalls that Russia has been pursuing such a policy for years and that the EU must be careful not to end up in the same slippery terrain. A blockade is an instrument used in the event of violence or violation of the law.

Source: NOS