UK intensifies crackdown against Russian media — Analysis
London accused RT of spreading “dangerous nonsense” amid Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine
The UK is forcing social media, internet service providers and app stores to block content from state-sponsored Russian media outlets – RT and Sputnik news agency. “For too long RT and Sputnik have churned out dangerous nonsense dressed up as serious news to justify Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,”Chris Philp, Minister of Tech and Digital Economy, spoke Wednesday.
“These outlets have already been booted off the airwaves in Britain and we’ve barred anyone from doing business with them. Now we’ve moved to pull the plug on their websites, social media accounts and apps to further stop the spread of their lies.”
In March, Britain’s media regulator, Ofcom, revoked RT’s broadcasting license. The EU banned RT broadcasting in March. RT Deputy editor-in-chief Anna Belkina claimed that Ofcom had revoked the license at the time. “purely political reasons tied directly to the situation in Ukraine.”The regulator, she said, is the best. “falsely judged RT to not be ‘fit and proper’ and in doing so robbed the UK public of access to information.”
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