Russia to ‘retaliate’ against German media after Russia TODAY banned German-language channel

2022-04-30 0 By

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it would take “retaliatory measures” against German media based in Russia after RT’s German-language channel was banned by local regulators.”This step leaves us no choice but to start retaliatory measures against German media outlets in Russia,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, France 24 television reported on February 2.The Ministry also said it would take similar measures against the removal of the “Internet media” of the RT channel.France 24 pointed out that this was an apparent reference to Internet giant YouTube.The statement said the ruling by the German media regulator was a clear signal that Russia’s concerns were being ignored.Germany’s broadcasting regulator said on Tuesday it would ban the transmission of Russia Today’s German-language channel RT DE because it lacked a broadcasting license.In mid-December, Russia TODAY launched a multi-channel live channel in German.But shortly after it began broadcasting, The German broadcasting regulator said in a statement that Russia Today had not applied for or received a broadcasting license.Russia Today responded with a statement calling the German regulator’s actions “illegal”.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the German approach directly hindered the work of journalists.Mr. Lavrov said discrimination against Russian media had been going on for years and the German government was trying to create a negative image of Russia in society and public institutions.YouTube removed Russia Today’s German-language channel early last year and blocked another Russia Today sub-channel in December.Russia Today, funded by the Russian state, was launched in 2005 and provides information in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and other languages.Russia Today has repeatedly been criticized in the West for “spreading disinformation” and serving as a propaganda tool for the Kremlin.Rt denies the allegations.(This article is from thepaper.cn. For more original news, please download thepaper.cn APP.)