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UK media watchdog fines RT without court decision

Summary of Disinformation

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.

Disproof

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).

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Reported in: Issue 159
Date: 26.07.2019
Language: English
Country: UK, Russia
Keywords: Russia Today (RT), Anti-Russian, Media
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik News
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