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    EU Resolution: 'Demonization, Censorship' Wrong Answer to So-Called Propaganda

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    EU Parliament Adopts Resolution Equating Sputnik, RT to Daesh Propaganda (82)

    The parallels drawn in a European Parliament resolution, seeking to counteract Russian media, between the country and the Daesh militant group are "totally irresponsible," General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Ricardo Gutierrez told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on countering Russian media outlets, such as the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster. As many as 304 voted in favor the document, 179 voted against and 208 abstained. With a total of 691 officials taking part in the vote, less than half supported the resolution, which draws parallel between Russian strategic communication and the propaganda disseminated by the Daesh terrorist organization.

    "It is … totally irresponsible to equate counteracting Russia with the resistance to Daesh terrorist group," Gutierrez said.

    The official expressed his delight at the fact that only 44 percent of parliamentarians voted in favour of the document,  “mostly MEPs [members of the European Parliament] from ECR (conservatives), EPP (Christian democrats) and the Greens political groups.”

    “Most of the liberals and the socialists abstained or voted against the resolution,” he said.

    The European Union needs more independent journalism and media pluralism, not Cold War-style narratives, Gutierrez told Sputnik.

    "Demonization and censorship are never the right answer to so-called propaganda. What the EU needs is independent journalism, ethical journalism, self-regulation, media pluralism and media literacy. We don't need that kind of Cold War narrative," Gutierrez said.

    Sputnik responded to adoption of the resolution by calling the move a direct violation of media freedom and human rights, while Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the matter by pointing out that the document indicates a degradation of democracy in the West. Praising Sputnik and RT for their work, the president expressed hope that real media restrictions would not follow.

    EU Parliament Adopts Resolution Equating Sputnik, RT to Daesh Propaganda (82)


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    • Angus Gallagher
      Most of the socialists voted against it?
      The truth is it's a right establishment initiative that too many socialists abstained on.
      The euroskeptic MEPs are the only ones who acted with any decency in this disgraceful farce.
      The eurosocialists see their beloved EU breaking up: not only are they as paranoid as only the guilty can be- the Atlantic Council has convinced them Russia wants to see the EU dissolve. Only Marxist fanatics seeking to perpetuate the ruse that they are friendly to Russia would claim that ideological contortionism trumps geopolitical self interest. The EU is a eurosocialist project.
      If the eurosocialists didn't want to see this- mark my words and regardless of what Sputnik's faction of Corbynite Marxist journalists might claim- this wouldn't be happening.
      The British hard left is LGBT-class warfare-mass migration orientated. They are useful to Russia only in the sense that they demoralise British society.
      Using western leftists for anything else, including working at Sputnik, or anywhere they can contaminate Russian interests- is a massive mistake.
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      Qwertyin reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher, You are clearly suffering from delussions. There is no room for opinions about the fact that this is coming from ECR (conservatives), EPP (Christian democrats) and the Greens political groups
      while most of the liberals and the socialists abstained or voted against the resolution. This is fact. And yet you keep raving on about your socialists.
      When your view of reality doesen´t match reality, just close your eyes and speak faster. That´ll work for you!
    • Angus Gallagherin reply toQwerty(Show commentHide comment)
      Qwerty, I have access to the facts in a way that you clearly don't.

      The resolution was approved by 304 votes to 179, with 208 abstentions.

      We're not talking about obscure factions within the EP like Sinn Fein.
      As for your Greens, they have been used to block even Nordstrom-2.
      If you're not aware how Fotyga's views intersect with those of PES, don't have the voting stats, and choose to ignore the later resolution that calls on the EU to 'focus on Russian civil society'- why bother?


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