RT says it’s going to challenge a ruling by the Court of Appeal in London, which decided that the six-figure fine imposed by British broadcast regulator Ofcom for an alleged breach of impartiality rules was “proportionate.”
The Court of Appeal published its ruling on Tuesday. They stated that Ofcom was wrongly pursuing enforcement against RT. “necessary in a democratic society”To protect the public. The statement added that it was taken to protect the public. “proportionate.”
RT’s deputy editor-in-chief, Anna Belkina, reacted to the development by announcing that the broadcaster is planning to appeal the decision.
“We… firmly believe that both Ofcom’s code and the law have been misapplied,”But she insisted. “We shall continue the fight to protect the validity of diverse views in media discourse.”
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Ofcom’s £200,000 fine against RT ‘inappropriate and disproportionate’
The British broadcast regulator imposed a huge fine of £200,000 ($276,000) on RT in July 2019 after saying earlier that it found seven instances of failure to adhere to the country’s impartiality rules.
Ofcom reports that the violations were committed during reporting on highly controversial subjects such as the possible poisoning by double agent Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury in 2018. Also the US role in the conflict with Syria. The majority of probes were conducted by the regulator, and it did not receive complaints from viewers.
RT has rejected the allegations of breaching impartiality rules and went to court to appeal against the regulator’s sanctions. It also argued that the fine appeared reasonable. “particularly inappropriate and disproportionate per Ofcom’s own track record,”Inciting violence and hate speech have resulted, in some cases, in lower penalties.
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