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Ofcom Revokes Licence Of News Channel RT

By Richie Allen | March 18, 2022

Ofcom has revoked the licence of Russian state News channel RT, saying that the channel was not “fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast licence.”

According to The BBC:

RT’s coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been under investigation by Ofcom, and the channel had already disappeared from UK screens.

RT called Ofcom “a tool of the government”.

The channel became unavailable on all UK broadcast platforms earlier this month as a result of a ban imposed by the European Union.

Although the UK is no longer in the EU, the bloc applied sanctions to satellite companies in Luxembourg and France, which provided the RT feed to Sky, Freesat and Freeview in the UK.

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, who has described the channel as “Putin’s polluting propaganda machine”, said at the time she hoped it would not return to UK screens.

In recent weeks, Ofcom has launched 29 investigations into the “due impartiality of RT’s news and current affairs coverage” of the invasion of Ukraine.

RT deputy editor-in-chief Anna Belkina said Ofcom had “robbed the UK public of access to information”.

“What we have witnessed over the last few days, be it comments from the President of the EU Commission or from PM Boris Johnson, is that none of them had pointed to a single grain of evidence that what RT has reported over these days, and continues to report, is not true.

“Instead, what they have said is that what RT brings to its audience is not allowed in their supposedly free media environment. When it comes to the Russian voice, or just a different perspective from theirs, it is simply not allowed to exist.”

I’ve been watching RT closely since Russia invaded Ukraine. Over the course of the last few weeks, the TV channel and its website has published claims made against the Russian government by NATO countries, right alongside the Kremlin narrative.

In fact, I’ve been astonished at how balanced the content has been. The same cannot be said for the BBC or SKY News.

It’s a sickening blow for free speech, but it’s only the beginning.

March 18, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Russophobia | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Many people believe that they would never fall for propaganda. But when asked how they can tell propaganda from proper news reporting they become less obvious. They might claim that propaganda is extreme or outlandish or otherwise recognisable. Or they could claim that propaganda can be recognised by its source, for example when it comes from Russia or North Korea.

    What they don’t understand is that propaganda can only be recognised by the fact that it reports one side of the story.

    That’s why propaganda looks ‘normal’ (because there is nothing else), and reasonable (everybody knows it is true) and ‘humane’ or even ‘passionate’ (you can’t let these people die). This implies that censorship looks as normal, reasonable and humane as propaganda does. And this also explains why proper news reporting looks abnormal, unreasonable and inhumane to the propagandised part of the population.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | March 19, 2022 | Reply


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