British Media Watchdog Scrutinizes RT’s Objectivity On Reporting Skripal Case

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The Russian state-run news agency TASS reports (source):

The UK’s media watchdog, Ofcom, opened seven investigations into the due impartiality of the RT television channel over its news reporting on the poisoning of ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4, the Ofcom’s message published on Wednesday stated.

“Ofcom has today opened seven new investigations into the due impartiality of news and current affairs programmes on the RT news channel,” the message on its website read.

According to the British media watchdog, “Until recently, TV Novosti’s [the company that broadcasts RT – TASS] overall compliance record has not been materially out of line with other broadcasters.” “However, since the events in Salisbury, we have observed a significant increase in the number of programmes on the RT service that warrant investigation as potential breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code,” Ofcom’s press release stated. “We will announce the outcome of these investigations as soon as possible,” the watchdog vowed.

Ofcom also attached a list of broadcasts under investigation to the press release. The probe will focus on news and discussion programs furnished by the RT television channel and the Sputnik news agency that were on air from March 17 to April 16, 2018.

On March 4, Sergei Skripal, who had been convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain, and his daughter Yulia suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury. Claiming that the substance used in the incident had been a nerve agent allegedly developed in Russia, London rushed to accuse Moscow of being involved in the case without presenting any evidence. The Russian side flatly rejected all of the United Kingdom’s accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia. On April 12, the OPCW released a report confirming London’s findings that former Russian military intelligence officer-turned-British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been poisoned with a nerve agent, but did not provide any information on the name or origin of the toxin in question.

Earlier, Yulia Skripal was released from the hospital and is continuing her recovery in an unknown location. Though still hospitalized, Sergei Skripal’s condition is improving, according to medical professionals.

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  • Pave Way IV

    Sad, sad UK government psychopaths. MI6 blew this ‘Evil Russia’ false flag completely. Beating up on Russian news outlets in the UK isn’t going to fix anything.

    • You can call me Al

      The scum only do what the other scum tell them to.

    • Sinbad2

      Yes it was all so amateurish, more Johnny English than James Bond.

  • You can call me Al

    ““Ofcom has today opened seven new investigations into the due impartiality of news and current affairs programmes on the RT news channel,” the message on its website read.”

    Isn’t this the sort of things that Hitler and that Chinese chap did ?.

    We are watching the last attempts of a drowning empire trying to breathe. Sad to me being a Brit, but I can no longer condone what these bstards are doing. The British government were strongly warned BY THE PEOPLE (from all ides), time and time again about the Yanks not being a true ally but a grovelling, power mad, greedy, war-mongering physcotic POS. The stealing of Gold, the underhand bidding of contracts, the lack of backing over the Falklands and so on and so on.

    The effers are embarrassing my Country, our people for the sake of playing the World stage. sucking up to the Yanks and worshipping the hooked noses – FOOOOK THEM (shouting in Caps).

  • Ma_Laoshi

    Well it’s instructive that the Broadcasting Code in Britain apparently isn’t simply “media are free”. But let’s not kid ourselves about what’s going on: the May govt has seen that Russian retaliation is tough talk before, tough talk afterwards, and nothing when it counts. So clearly, they now see an opening to close down RT at home (which they’ve long desired to do) without getting their own media thrown out of Russia. The only outstanding issue is to play it right.

  • Casual Observer

    “Until recently, TV Novosti’s ………. overall compliance record has not been materially out of line with
    other broadcasters.” Isn’t it possible that other broadcasters have just become more partial recently?

    • goingbrokes

      “… materially out of line…”
      We WANT broadcaster that are materially out of line every day!

  • JustPassingThrough

    Offalcom should open an investigation into MSM impartiality. What a joke Britain has become.

  • goingbrokes

    We’re talking about a supposedly free press/media: “compliance record” sounds like primary school child’s report card; “Materially out of line with other…” – so now there is a line out of which you are not allowed to step.
    Corporate fascists are making us all to tow the line and be compliant!!! Trying anyway.

  • Ewan

    Joke of the century! They should begin their efforts by scrutinising the ridiculous and laughable BullSh!t that BBC vomits everyday, faithfully parrotting the lies and disinformation of the British government.
    But beware, its not an end in itself – there is a sinister objective behind this – a beautifully cloaked assault on press freedom that no doubtedly will snowball its way to total Russia demonisation and the exclusion of all objective news sources…as we close in on a NATO – US – Zionist initiated WW3.