The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on a need to combat “propaganda, which is carried on by Russian media.”
A resolution on a need to combat “propaganda, which is carried on by Russian media” was adopted by a majority vote of the European Parliament. In total, 691 parliamentarians took part in the vote, less than half of them (304 people) voted in favor of adoption of the resolution, 179 parliamentarians voted against it, more than 208 people decided to abstain from the voting. However, this did not prevent the European Parliament to consider that the resolution was adopted.
The document states that “Moscow carries on propaganda against the European Union” and it is necessary to create an effective juridical tool that would “confront the Russian propaganda.”
A draft of the resolution was introduced on initiative of Anna Fotyga, a parliamentarian from Poland, who said that Russia allegedly provides financial support to European opposition parties in order “to sow discord within the single European society.”
The Russian Sputnik news agency, which was named among the main information-related “threats” to the EU and its partners in Eastern Europe, has already announced that the resolution is blatant discrimination, and the international community must speak out against.
The news agency also reported that a relevant letter, signed by editor in chief of Sputnik, Margarita Simonyan, has been sent to the European Parliament.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Sputnik and the RT TV-channel, which also was among “threats” for the EU, on effective work, and condemned the decision of the European Parliament, saying that it is an “evident sign of degradation of the Western society’s vision of democracy.”
“More recently – and these attempts are still ongoing – they [European officials] tried to ‘teach us’ democracy, and we have always heard from these ‘teachers’ that the most vicious way to do business with opponents is to ban something and that it is not consistent with the principles and norms of democracy. Open discussion is always the best way,” Putin said. “If such a decision [of the European Parliament on the fight against Russian media] is adopted, it says that we see a quite obvious degradation in the political sense of this word of the vision of democracy in the Western society.”
The Russian President also added that he hopes that common sense would prevail and there would be no real restrictions concerning the work of Russian media.
So, it seems like if the West finances some Russian oppositionists, and Western media call such oppositionists “fighters against the regime,” it is a common practice, but if Russia affords a symmetrical response, then it is already “propaganda.”
Some MPs urged to introduce censorship requirements as an “effective juridical measure” against Russian media. Apparently, this is the famous European liberty of speech…
However, not everyone was inspired by initiatives of Russophobes. In particular, a MP, representing the Spanish delegation in the European Parliament, wondered if the resolution was adopted on “Russian propaganda,” then why does not anybody initiate adoption of such a resolution to counter propaganda of the US? The question of the Spanish MP remained unanswered.
The main goal of the initiative is budget increase and reallocation of funds. Anti-Russian hysteria is used just as a tool of earnings. Such actions of the European Parliament in conditions of crisis in the Euro-zone and lack of funds for implementation of real projects within the EU demonstrate a special cynicism of eurocrats. It is another symptom of a complete loss of connection between eurocrats and population of EU member states.
Two hundred eight parliamentarians abstained from the voting due to understanding of absurdity and irrelevance of the resolution, as well as for a fear to express their political position openly in front of eurocrats, who sit in departments and distribute funds and affect budgets, administrative issues and appointments.