DISINFO: Sputnik and RT situation in France is extremely difficult and French authorities called to boycott those media
  • Outlet: fr.sputniknews.com (archived)* RIA (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 02, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): French, Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • Countries / regions discussed: France, Russia
Sputnik RT OSCE

DISINFO: Sputnik and RT situation in France is extremely difficult and French authorities called to boycott those media


Unfortunately, not all OSCE states adhere to good practice. For example, in France, the position of “Russia Today” and “Sputnik” remains extremely difficult. Journalists still denied access to the Elysee Palace and other government agencies. In addition, French officials continue to escalate hostility around these media outlets, often urging the public to boycott them. At the same time, French officialdom appeals exclusively to rumours, which, have not found a single confirmation for the entire existence of these resources.


Recurrent disinformation about discrimination of RT and Russian media in the West with a special focus on French president. RT is free to broadcast in French despite its and Sputnik's role in disinformation and mocking campaign during the French presidential elections 2017. RT and Sputnik can freely interview Members of Parliament inside the parliament. If some French MPs don't give them interviews, others do, from every party including from the presidential party LREM. RT and Sputnik are not discriminated against in France except for not being invited by the president on most occasions. Of course, they are invited when the Russian president visits his French counterpart. So far, RT lost defamation trials against members of the government. To see more stories against French president: French president is the symbol of Western moral decay, which caused the coronavirus and Macron is a mouthpiece of Rothschilds.


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