The JIT excluded Russia from the MH17 investigation but included Ukraine, despite the country’s involvement in the armed conflict and its possible role in the downing of MH17. Moscow has made numerous offers to assist in the investigation but has been rebuffed.
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.
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.
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