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Journalists’ union brings Court of Justice case over Russia Today ban

DUTCH journalists union Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ) at the end of May joined with other groups to launch a case in the Court of Justice of the European Union over the current EU-wide "blockade" on internet and TV broadcasters Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, both sponsored by the Russian state.

NVJ General Secretary Thomas Bruning said:

We are no fans of RT and Sputnik. We do not see these broadcasters as news media: they are pure state propaganda. But disinformation should under the rule of law not be tackled with censorship. If government leaders can act independently to ban information, that affects the democratic rule of law as a whole.

The above is our translation of Bruning's statement in Dutch.

Groups opposed to the censorship of RT and Sputnik within the EU felt that the ban had been implemented hastily and without proper consultation or scrutiny.

London Freelance Branch at its May Branch meeting, after a lively debate, passed a motion deploring UK broadcast regulator Ofcom's withdrawal of RT's licence to broadcast. After being earlier blocked by the likes of Facebook from internet platforms in the UK, RT now seems to be available on the internet again in the UK.