Comment by the Information and Press Department on British media regulator Ofcom’s decision to fine Russian broadcaster RT (source):
British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time.
It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order, although the legitimacy of the regulator’s claims against the television network should be ascertained under judicial review. The amount of the fine is also questionable, since it substantially exceeds fines imposed on other media outlets for hate speech and incitement to violence, while RT faces the subjective charge of insufficient impartiality.
Accusations of this kind are even more surprising considering that the national media in the UK regularly distort facts and intentionally mislead without any objections from Ofcom. For example, on July 15, 2019 police in Italy released a report on the detention of Italian extremists. The original statement says that “the Turin headquarters had under their surveillance people connected to extreme right political movements who fought in Donbass against pro-independence activists.” On July 16, the text was corrected to read “had taken part in the armed conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region”. Nevertheless, in their coverage of the report Western news agencies and media outlets, including UK’s Reuters, The Guardian and BBC presented the news story as a raid on radicals who took part in hostilities “alongside Russia-backed separatist forces.”
BBC-2 has recently aired a documentary titled “Russia with Simon Reeve” telling the story of a trip by British journalists to Russia’s Far East, timed to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Professional shots of Russian nature and interviews with Russian nationals intermingle with anti-Russian political clichés long used by the British channel and reprehensible statements about alleged “harassment and detentions” of the film crew by Russian law-enforcement agencies. However, the British journalists forgot to mention that the group’s cameraman lacked the proper accreditation required of journalists working on Russian territory. The crew was also fined for unauthorised use of a drone.
Just a few days ago, Will Grant, also a BBC reporter, distorted statements by the Russian President regarding cooperation with Latin America, only to explain later that his misunderstanding of Vladimir Putin’s words was probably the fault of interpreters.
For some reason, Ofcom has not looked into systemic misinformation in the British media.
Once again British authorities are doing all they can to impose restrictions on Russian media in the UK. They have now used financial levers, which is in keeping with the anti-Russia campaign unleashed by Great Britain to date. We view Ofcom’s decision as an act of outright censorship.
We look forward to hearing the legal assessment of the media regulator’s decision from the High Level Panel of Legal Experts that was established recently and is co-chaired by Foreign Office Special Envoy on Media Freedom Amal Clooney. The creation of this panel was announced at the Global Conference to Defend Media Freedom that took place in London on July 10 and 11, 2019, and that RT was barred from.
We will continue to closely monitor these developments, and British media operating in Russia should be ready to face the fallout from official London’s actions.
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correction: World T(i)rade Organisation…
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“It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order”
It is worth noting that most of the countries, including Russia have media regulators that don’t need court order to fine.
It is worth noting that Russia is one of the countries that regulate even personal blogs!
Still complaining about the ‘unjust West’… go back to your cave, Russia Today!
Its obviously a political decision, not a media regulation issue. And the fee is huge. And the rules in UK says that the decision must be supported by a judiciary body, by a court. What this has something to do with personal blogs in Russia or how Russia regulators (or other countries regulators) act home?
“And the rules in UK says that the decision must be supported by a judiciary body, by a court. ”
Do you have a link for that or just pulled out from your big Russian ass?
Freedom of speach western way – “you are free to say what I tell you to say”. They call it democracy :)
Since the democracy is not perfect, Russians abolished it at home.
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is it London or tel aviv???
Unlike Russians poor people, England and Israelis are living a good life, without owning the most resources in the world. Russians are cave people like Africans, they let others to exploit them because their mentality is retarded, they believe in nukes only, they need a great leader and that’s pretty much all they can think about. Zoo monkeys..
There is a tit-for-tat spack attack that points out the fact that the UK govt is still imposing it’s will on groups to demonize Russia as much as possible in its continuation of the demonization narrative against russia pure and simple.
They should just quote the comments from here or Russia today, it would be more relevant why Russia must be isolated.
Russia pales in comparison to what the UK, USA, KSA, Israel do to many countries around the world. The USA, UK, KSA and Israel constantly break and bend the rules so to speak at their discretion, ie the taking of the oil tanker in gibraltar is a fine example of this, with western media especially the Zionist controlled media outlets either not reporting, twisting facts, blatant lying and just making up stories and nothing gets said. There are many examples of this throughout recent history Colin Powell’s Iraq WMD speech is just another example of western media just going along with the establishments narrative when we all knew it was BS. So I think what I’m saying is correct. So why try and twist it against when most of us on SF don’t see it the way you think. Oh that’s right your just anti Russian no matter what the facts are it’s still a case of ‘Russia did it.’ I bet you still think Russia tried to poison the skripals and they shot down mh17. I don’t believe any of this. I’m a white Australian and I know enough about how the world really works to know BS when I hear, read, and see it. It’s pretty damn obvious what’s going on here. I’ve been dot connecting for years. Russia has its flaws too but they don’t grand stand the world stage trying to convince the world that their something when they ain’t unlike the USA. And besides this is all just tit for tat propaganda political war hawk deep state intelligence agency Zionist agenda crap through and through. The top tier elite pulling the strings of the puppets they blackmail and control thats all nothing more nothing less pure and simple.
Russia is the last country in the World that annexed other country land through military occupation
..except they didn’t. Crimea SECEDED and that fact really burns the hairs off yer azz :-)
Get lost troll idiot.
The Zionist scum get rattled by the truth, it is that simple. RT and many other independent media have become a thorn as they undermine Americunt and Jew propaganda.
Ofcom are gov funded. They can pull strings and get them to engage in political shenanigans to earn their crust of bread. No surprise here.