Washington, March 24 – The Russian embassy said that Washington’s attempts to fight the Russian media are a waste of American taxpayers’ money, and it will not work to crush the global information space.
As the representative of the diplomatic mission stated, “the achievements of local correspondents disgust Washington for obvious reasons: the truth hurts the eyes.” “The audience of our media, which objectively covers events on the world stage, is constantly growing. The domestic fake factory is experiencing a quality crisis – all norms of decency and professional ethics have been lost,” said Girenko.
“By creating many difficulties for the Russian media in the United States, the administration has made a parody of the First Amendment to the US Constitution,” he added.
The head of the Pentagon’s Southern Command, Laura Richardson, asked Congress for additional funds to fight the Russian media, citing the successes of Sputnik and RT TV in Latin America, which “undermine confidence” in the United States.
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The situation with the Russian media in the West has become more difficult in recent years. In November 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution stating the need to confront Russian media, naming Sputnik and RT as the main threats in the document. A number of Western politicians, including US senators and congressmen, as well as the French president, have accused Sputnik and RT of interfering in the US and French elections, but they have not presented any evidence. Official representatives of Russia called such statements unfounded.
The European Union on March 2 last year banned the distribution of the signal and content of RT and Sputnik amid the Russian process of demilitarization of Ukraine, and the decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. In particular, the following organizations are included in the appendix to the decision: RT – Russia Today English, RT – Russia Today UK, RT – Russia Today Germany, RT – Russia Today France and RT – Russia Today Spanish, as well as Sputnik without giving details.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow did not expect the West to impose sanctions on journalists, athletes and cultural figures. The President of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, Valery Fadeev, made an appeal to the OSCE representative on media freedom, Teresa Ribeiro, urging her to take measures to comply with the standards on media freedom. Press, due to harassment of Russian-language publications.
The president of the European Union of Journalists, Ricardo Gutierrez, noted that the ban on Russian media outlets in the European Union, including RT and Sputnik, “created a dangerous precedent that threatens freedom of the press.”
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