The European Union will ban the Russian media outlets Sputnik and Russia Today for their “harmful disinformation”

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Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, has proposed new community measures against the Russian government for the invasion of Ukraine. After the announcements made on Saturday, such as the exclusion of several Russian banks from the SWIFT system along with the United States or European financing for the purchase and delivery of weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine, proposals are now coming that include put a legislative brake on disinformation from the Russian government.

Specifically, von der Leyen’s proposal speaks of veto the broadcasts of Russia Today and Sputnik in community territory. Both media, a television channel the first and a news agency the second, they are part of the propaganda machine of the Russian government.

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“Toxic and harmful misinformation”

Sputnik often refers to its editorial motivation as “telling what is not told” and offering an “anti-liberal, anti-globalization and anti-system” position. Russia Today, now better known as RT, claims to give “a Russian perspective on world events” and sees itself as an “alternative” source of information. Both are owned by the Kremlin.

RT, for example, broadcast the speech given by Vladimir Putin for almost an hour to explain the decision to recognize the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, to later lament the decomposition of the Soviet Union and end up justifying the invasion of Ukraine by understanding its sovereignty as “an error that has to be corrected” or something that “we were forced to” among other passages of his dissertation.

Maria Simonyan, director of RT, was one of the last to join the list of Russian persons and entities sanctioned by the European Unionwhich already accounts for more than half a thousand, since this type of sanctions began with the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Those included in this list are prohibited from entering the European Union and the member states must freeze the assets they have in his territory.

Now, with von der Leyen’s announcement banning “the Kremlin’s media machine,” both state-owned companies, RT and Sputnik, as well as their subsidiaries, will be banned. “They will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war and sow division in our Union“, he said in his statement.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, has proposed new community measures against the Russian government for the…

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, has proposed new community measures against the Russian government for the…

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