DISINFO: UK media watchdog fines RT without court decision
  • Outlet: sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 26, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): English
  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • Countries / regions discussed: UK, Russia
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DISINFO: UK media watchdog fines RT without court decision


The UK media regulator Ofcom slapped RT with a £200,000 fine over its alleged breach of due impartiality rules, without waiting for the High Court in London to rule on the legality of the penalty.


The report aims to undermine Ofcom's credibility and integrity by claiming that the body issued the fine without giving RT an opportunity to make its case in court. This is false. The document detailing the sanction decision explicitly states that Ofcom "will not enforce the sanction […] until those proceedings are concluded" (p. 2). See here for a related debunk.


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