RT faces repression in the US and it will lose its status as a media

Summary

[The US requirement to register RT as a foreign agent] is a repression and violation of freedom of speech. The channel will lose its status as a media.

Disproof

The registration of Russia Today (RT) as a foreign agent is unlikely to either hamper its activities or lead to its closure as it will be able to continue to operate as before, even if now with some additional reporting obligations.

Requiring a foreign media outlet to register as an agent of a foreign nation does not give the U.S. government the right to censor its output or control its working environment. FARA simply requires transparency and public disclosure on the part of those registered. Further debunking at the Insider.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 87
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Russia Today (RT), Freedom of speech, Media
  • Outlet: Rossiya 1
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Images prove that the US is helping Daesh

Irrefutable evidence that US are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American interests in Middle East.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation. One image claimed to show an ISIS convoy leaving Abu Kamel on November 9th, 2017. What this in fact showed was a cropped screenshot from the mobile phone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, specifically a screenshot from a promo video for the game. The other images are also not from the dates and locations claimed by the Russian MoD, but from videos filmed in Iraq in 2016. Further debunking by Bellingcat. The MoD deleted the posts from its social media accounts.

Images prove that the US is helping Daesh

Irrefutable evidence that US are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American interests in Middle East.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation. One image claimed to show an ISIS convoy leaving Abu Kamel on November 9th, 2017. What this in fact showed was a cropped screenshot from the mobile phone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, specifically a screenshot from a promo video for the game. The other images are also not from the dates and locations claimed by the Russian MoD, but from videos filmed in Iraq in 2016. Further debunking by Bellingcat. Sputnik first reported about the Russia's MoD post as a fact but later changed its story. The MoD also deleted the posts from its social media accounts.

100 million killed by communist regimes – these numbers are pulled out of a hat.

100 million killed by communist regimes – these numbers are pulled out of a hat. Besides, imperialist regimes, including Hitler, killed just as many. Propaganda.

Disproof

The 100 million number is based on archival documents. “Hardly taken out of the clear blue sky,” said Paul A. Goble, former special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State and a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia to Polygraph.info. “To get to 100 million, however, requires two things: a relatively high estimate of losses in China from starvation and killings during the Great Leap Forward, and the inclusion of losses of Soviet populations during wartime. With those added, the number is far above 100 million -- probably closer to 150 million.”

The Victims of the Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), a U.S. non-government organization based in Washington, DC, says that the White House estimate of the death toll of communism in the 20th Century is in fact accurate and based on archival and forensic research.