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Moscow ‘outraged’ by crackdown on Russian media abroad

Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. © Sputnik
RT | December 29, 2022

France’s push to ban Russian news outlets both on the nation’s territory and in the EU is unacceptable, Moscow’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. Earlier this month, the nation’s TV regulator Arcom ordered satellite operator Eutelsat to stop broadcasting Channel One Russia, Rossiya 1, and NTV channels.

In a statement, Zakharova said the French watchdog had imposed those restrictions “under apparent pressure from the authorities,” adding that the move preceded relevant sanctions on the EU level. “Moscow is outraged by the new steps taken by Paris aimed at introducing more and more broadcasting bans on Russian media, both on its territory and in the EU as a whole,” she stated.

Such actions suggest that France, given its political clout in the bloc, “is the main lobbyist” supporting the ban on Russian TV channels in Europe, Zakharova claimed. “Such a display of Russophobia, which, unfortunately, has already become mundane, [points to] the aspiration to silence any voices that provide an alternative to the EU propaganda at all cost.”

According to Zakharova, Europeans “are being deprived of the right to free access to information.” She suggested that Paris and Brussels might be “afraid that the audience, after seeing a different point of view and picture of the world that does not correspond to that shown by the mainstream of the Western media, will draw their own conclusions” about global politics and the Ukraine conflict.

The spokeswoman described the crackdown on Russian media as “a flagrant violation” of freedom of speech, which is “discriminatory in nature.” The ban is “another testament that the Western ideal democratization model is in fact no more than a tool for achieving foreign policy goals,” Zakharova claimed.

In recent years, Western countries unleashed a massive campaign against Russian media, which only intensified after Moscow started its military operation against Ukraine. In March, the EU suspended the broadcasting activities of Sputnik and RT, with the number of blacklisted channels only growing as the bloc introduced new sanctions packages.

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  1. The crackdown on Russian media presents opportunities for promoting Russian media as taking the road less traveled…

    List your favorites:

    Peter Lavelle (Crosstalk)


    Comment by rediscover911com | December 29, 2022 | Reply

  2. Controlling the narrative in an Orwellian world where Big Brother snatches people’s brains and torments them with repetitive and mundane lies that fit perfectly in with the objectives of the rules base order. A fascistic new orders us to “get back in line buddy or else!” Unfortunately for the Frogs, they have been sitting on Perfidious Albion’s Lilly pads since the French were defeated at Fashoda by British troops. Ergo, the war against Russia this time around is waged and driven by British and US financial interests at heart. But shows us how the lord works in mysterious ways when imperialist governments violate Universal Laws to wage war against mankind, unleashing the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse. In that light, Volcanic Eruptions will soon lift the veil of deceit for ALL to see the Emperor has no clothes. Helga Zepp-LaRouche has been a driving force, presenting an international call for a new world economic order. China and Russia have joined Ms. LaRouche calling for a new security and development architecture for all nations to join. A new world economic order in which nations are free to cooperate in the fields of scientific and technological development. By building economic infrastructure projects in underdeveloped nations that have for too long been held back by neo-colonial policies, mankind will prosper and finally grow into adulthood. If the UK and US refuse to cooperate, let them go their own way. At least until the people in these nations, desperate for change, rise to the occasion to take responsibility for reversing course with an aim of creating a new Renaissance. It is the only way that does not threaten thermonuclear annihilation.


    Comment by Thomas Lee Simpson | December 29, 2022 | Reply

  3. I’ve noticed here in Australia that “Russia Today” and Iran’s “Press TV” have been blocked so that we cannot see Russia and Iran’s point of view.

    If the West’s Media were telling “The Truth” why would they not want you to hear both sides of the story? Maybe they are not being honest with us (and of course, that “Evil American” Rupert Murdoch wouldn’t lie, would he? (only joking).

    Maybe that is why the internet sites now have “Fact Checkers” to ensure that we only get the absolute TRUTH? Or should I say the “Official” truth.

    “The first casualty of war is The Truth”….Aeschylus 525–456 BC(Greek writer/Poet)


    Comment by brianharryaustralia | December 29, 2022 | Reply

  4. Not only Bitchute and UNZ are blocked over here but also a legal Dutch casino operator, by the American company called Cisco.

    btw: I can still access RT and PressTV by switching to OpenDNS in my (brave) browser. I have not yet had time to install a VPN server.


    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | December 30, 2022 | Reply

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