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EU Ban on RT, Sputnik Breaches Swedish, Danish Constitutions – Danish Journalists

Samizdat – 07.10.2022

The EU ban on Russian news outlets is in breach of Swedish and Danish constitutions, which explicitly prohibit all forms of censorship, Danish journalists and media educators said Friday.

The EU Council of Ministers banned the dissemination of RT and Sputnik content in March and added three other Russian outlets to the blacklist in June. The European Court of Justice defended the controversial measure, saying the rights of journalists were protected as long as they acted “in good faith.”

This is despite that legal safeguards in the Swedish Constitution’s freedom of the press act protect “the right of everyone to publish without prior interference by a public authority,” whereas the Danish constitution states that “Censorship and other preventive measures shall never again be introduced.”

Media experts argued in an article in the EUobserver that the EU intervention effectively overrode the basic laws of Sweden and Denmark, raising doubts about the EU leadership’s commitment to democratic values and the rule of law.

The journalists said the EU executive set aside constitutional defenses of freedom of expression with the silent approval of media and the public. The only exception was Norway, which is not a member state but is closely associated with the union.

They said the EU’s court in Luxembourg had granted itself the right to decide what journalism was acceptable while denying European citizens the ability to deal themselves with “unfiltered statements from questionable sources.”

“There is no confidence in our ability to deal with contradictory views of events. The EU institutions decide what we can cope with. Freedom of expression is not absolute, and never was,” they said.

October 7, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Russophobia | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. This is basically forcing people in the WEST to only receive the “Official News”, which means that in the West, in future, ONLY “Western Propaganda” is acceptable.
    “the people will believe what the media tells them to believe”……G. Orwell.
    “Football, beer, and above all gambling occupied the horizons of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult”…….G Orwell.
    “The existing Social Order is a swindle, and its cherished beliefs, mostly delusions”….G Orwell.

    “The very ink with which history is written, is merely ‘Fluid Prejudice’…….Mark Twain.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 7, 2022 | Reply

  2. These are not the best of times; they are the worst of times.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | October 8, 2022 | Reply

  3. Perhaps people in the EU will wake up to the criminality of this organization, which is a project of the international banking cartel. Brexit was the right thing for the wrong reason. The looney Con-job-servatives wanted to be closer to their masters in (((occupied))) Washington. Hopefully others will exit for the correct reasons – truly regaining their sovereignty and economic freedom.

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    Comment by curmudgeon49 | October 8, 2022 | Reply

    • NATO is certainly not a “Defence” pact.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 8, 2022 | Reply


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