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RT Asks Reuters to Refute Allegations of Spreading Fake News on French Election

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The RT broadcaster on Friday demanded that Reuters news agency formally refuted unsubstantiated claims it made about the RT, namely that the broadcaster was spreading fake information in its coverage of the French presidential election campaign.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The article in question was published on the agency's website on May 9 and suggested, citing unnamed US intelligence sources, that French-language versions of RT and Sputnik news agency spread "fake news" and propaganda targeting then French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron.

"We insist that, having failed either to challenge or substantiate the accusations leveled against RT in its latest report, and having denied RT an opportunity to respond to these accusations in the original article, Reuters issue a prompt correction to the original report," the RT said in an open letter.

The broadcaster said in its letter that the claims made by Reuters were released without any comments from any representatives of the RT and without any proof.

"In fact, not a single piece of evidence has been produced to support the claims that RT spread fake news about Macron or the French election – not one article, quote or social media post. This is because all these accusations are entirely baseless. RT adamantly rejects any and all claims that it has any part in spreading fake news in general and in relation to Mr. Macron and the French election in particular," the letter read.

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