Disinfo: RT and Sputnik banned from UK media freedom conference, so they don’t ask the “wrong questions”


The United Kingdom is isolating the “inconvenient ones”: it is ok to lie when all the like-minded ones stand up and lie in chorus, without those who will tell the truth. It is easier not to let Russia Today and Sputnik in, so they don’t ask the wrong questions. The fashion for Russophobia is still very much alive. They are in a state of panic that someone will ask the wrong questions.


In reality, Russia's RT and Sputnik news agencies have been banned from attending a conference on media freedom in London for playing an "active role in spreading disinformation".

“We have not accredited RT or Sputnik because of their active role in spreading disinformation,” Foreign Office spokeswoman said.  “While it’s not possible to accommodate all requests for accreditation, journalists from across the world’s media are attending the conference, including from Russia”, spokeswoman added. One of the Russian journalists present at the event was Galina Timchenko,  founder and CEO of Meduza Russia Latvia.

In 2019, the British media regulator, Ofcom, found that RT (Russia Today) had been in “serious failure of compliance” with the rules of “due impartiality” in a total of seven cases. The media watchdog concluded that in seven of the ten cases under review, RT has violated Ofcoms standards.  Back then, Ofcom also made it clear that it would “consider these breaches for sanction.”


  • Reported in: Issue158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Russia Today (RT), Freedom of speech, Sputnik


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