The news channel RT France (formerly Russia Today) challenged this Friday, June 10, 2022, before European justice the suspension of its broadcast as part of the EU sanctions against Moscow, Russian state media claim that “Freedom of Expression”.
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Accused of being tools “disinformation” The Kremlin, Sputnik and RT media outlets (including its French-language version RT France) have been banned from broadcasting in the EU since March 2 on television and the Internet following the Twenty-Seven agreement shortly after Russia launched its offensive into Ukraine.
RT France, owned by the Moscow-funded association ANO-TV Novosti, has appealed the measure to the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg, arguing that it violates freedom of expression contrary to European law.
The EU Tribunal will deliver its verdict in the coming months, which can be appealed on appeal.
Council, an institution representing member states, “has no right to silence the European media”said on Friday during the hearing Emmanuel Pivnitsa, a spokesman for RT France.
According to him, RT France, which employs 116 journalists, “is not a propaganda tool in the hands of Russia”but benefits from “guarantees of independence” in relation to Russia, which finances it and is “ freely determine their editorial line.
For Europeans, on the other hand, the content broadcast by RT France after the invasion of Ukraine “Designed to justify Russia’s aggression.”
“The Russian offensive was presented as a defensive, preventive, limited action in response to alleged Ukrainian provocations”stressed Raphael Meyer, representing the Council, to justify the legality and legitimacy of the restrictive measure in order to “for the protection of public order.”
“This is undeniably a propaganda speech, not reliable information protected by freedom of speech”he insisted.
“The channel broadcast the rhetoric of the Russian government contrary to the facts, even presenting the Russian army as a liberation army”added Tanguy Stelen, representative of France.
RT France is “Exemplary company that has never been sanctioned by the French regulator” since its release in 2017,” Me Piwnica replied.
According to RT France, Arcom (French regulatory body for audiovisual and digital communications, formerly CSA) had to intervene in case of violations of the broadcasting rules that are contested by Paris and Brussels.
February 28, in a statement titled “You never defend freedom by attacking journalists” National Union of Journalists (NUJ) qualified “act of censorship” European sanctions against Sputnik and RT.