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EU bans Russian state media RT and Sputnik

Affected by the ban are the RT offshoots RT English, RT UK, RT DE, RT France and RT Spain, as well as the Kremlin medium Sputnik

Dieser Post ist auf deutsch verfügbar: EU verbietet russische Staatsmedien RT und Sputnik

The Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik are currently banned throughout the EU. This ban affects the programs of the RT offshoots in Europe; they may no longer be fed into cable networks or broadcast via satellite. Access to websites must be blocked by Internet providers. Social media channels must also be blocked in the EU.

As reported by “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland”, this ban, which was issued as part of the sanctions against Russia, will apply until Russia stops its aggression against Ukraine and the state media stops its aggressive propaganda.

It is thus also prohibited under Article 12 of the regulation

to participate, knowingly and intentionally, in activities the object or effect of which is to circumvent prohibitions in this Regulation including by acting as a substitute for natural or legal persons

Official Journal of the European Union

The Official Journal of the European Union states:

In order to justify and support its aggression against Ukraine, the Russian Federation has engaged in continuous and concerted propaganda actions targeted at civil society in the Union and neighbouring countries, gravely distorting and manipulating facts.

Those propaganda actions have been channelled through a number of media outlets under the permanent direct or indirect control of the leadership of the Russian Federation. Such actions constitute a significant and direct threat to the Union’s public order and security.

Those media outlets are essential and instrumental in bringing forward and supporting the aggression against Ukraine, and for the destabilisation of its neighbouring countries.

Official Journal of the European Union

The ban, issued yesterday by regulation, is in effect with today’s publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Meta/Facebook and TikTok have already restricted access to RT and Sputnik content in the EU, and YouTube had also blocked RT’s channels across Europe in recent days.