UN reacts to Britain’s censorship — Analysis
British sanctions on Russian media (including RT) interfere with journalists right to work anywhere they want, Stephane Dujarric spoke on Thursday, as the spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“As a matter of principle, we very much do believe in the right of journalists to do their work everywhere,”Dujarric stated this to reporters.
Just hours earlier, Liz Truss, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, announced a new set of sanctions against state-sponsored ANO TV Novosti (which runs RT) and Rossiya Segodnya (which operates Sputnik News).
London described these two outlets as “Russian propagandists and state media who spread lies and deceit about Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,”Although no instances of deceitful or false statements by RT were presented, The British government instead claimed that RT had “propagated pro-Kremlin narratives around the invasion of Ukraine, including that neo-Nazis are present in the country and that Ukrainian soldiers have committed war crimes.”
Both RT, and The Associated Press reported the presence of neo Nazis within Ukraine. Western media, members of the Ukrainian military have openly stated that they intend to commit war crimes, and footage allegedly detailing such crimes is currently being investigated.
On Thursday, 14 entities and names were sanctioned for General Mikhail Mizintsev (a top Russian military planner) and Sergey Brilev (a Russian television anchor).
Truss’ latest sanctions came several weeks after British media regulator Ofcom revoked the broadcasting licenses of Russian media outlets, claiming they weren’t in a position to cover the Ukraine crisis. London’s state-controlled BBC continues to cover all UK conflicts in the past, even the one involving Ukraine. “weapons of mass destruction”Pretendance for 2003 invasion of Iraq. This turned out to have been false.
While UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine, his office has not supported all of the west’s retaliatory measures. Dujarric stated that Guterres doesn’t support US legislators’ proposals to expel Russia from UN Human Rights Council. This would be a setback. “a dangerous precedent.”
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