Disinfo: Estonia is infringing on media freedom with the ban of…


Estonia is infringing on media freedom with the ban of Rossiya Sevodnya and that this is not the first time Estonia is breaking the rules and preventing Russian media from broadcasting in Estonia.


A commercial bank in Estonia applied EU sanctions and froze the assets of Rossija Sevodnja. This legal case is based on COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 269/2014.

The complaints follow the launch of a new Estonian-run TV channel in Russian on October 16,  ETV+ which is to serve as an alternative source of Russian language news for Russian-speaking Estonians, thereby competing directly with Russia’s own, state-controlled TV channels in Estonia: bit.ly/1Yd5a8X,

Worth noting is that Estonia’s Internal Security Service KAPO  noted already in its report of 2013 bit.ly/1HP8uTu, and 2014 the problems associated with Russian state-controlled propaganda media, and described Rossiya Sevodnya in Estonia as one part of the Russian influence operations: bit.ly/1HjO2HF,


  • Reported in: Issue 3
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/11/2015
  • Country: Russia, Estonia
  • Keywords: Information war


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