The EU parliament's resolution said that Sputnik and RT posed a danger to European unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects. It also draws parallel between Russian media and the propaganda disseminated by Daesh, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia.
“Instead of fighting for a diversity of opinions and the absolute freedom of media in any part of the world, the resolution of this kind regarding an editorial line or journalistic profile of a broadcaster or agency only ties their hands and imposes a particular point of view,” Caggiani said.
He added that the primary responsibility of the European Parliament was to defend democracy, and the lack of pluralism in mass media threatened such a key democratic principle as the freedom of speech.
Parlasur is the Mercosur bloc's legislative body. Mercosur, founded in 1991, is a sub-regional economic bloc that includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.