The bill specifically cited the Sputnik News Agency and the RT television news network as media threats.
Speaking to Sputnik, Latin American journalists and media figures voiced their concern with the resolution, saying that they saw it as little more than an attack on media freedom and the freedom of speech. Maria Jose Braga, president of Brazil's National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ) said as much, telling Sputnik that the EU parliament's resolution is an open attack on the freedom of media, and against media workers.
What Braga found most concerning was the implicit suggestion, outlined in the text of the resolution, that Russian media could be equated to terrorists. "When media are equated with terrorist organizations, their journalists become terrorists," she complained. "We believe that all organizations worldwide specializing in the protection of journalists should express their position on this issue," Braga noted.
Raul Kollmann, a well-known columnist for the Argentinian daily newspaper Pagina, told Sputnik that he too had no doubt in his mind that this was a press freedom issue. "At a time when the mainstream media repeat what governments and multinational companies say, the voices that say the opposite -which see the world in a different way, are often silenced."
"Countries, Russia included, have every right to have their voices heard," Kollmann stressed. "If this right is secured only by the so-called free market…this could end up only strengthening lies and falsehoods, such as the [famous fabrications about] weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or the concealment of human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay and other illegal prisons."
"Any opinions which point out the fact of Western countries' support for terrorist organizations – these are the voices that cause the most concern for Europe, since they explain what European [politicians] are really doing," Girondo noted. For example, "if they claim to be the victims of waves of immigration, who was it that actually provoked it?"
Finally, Samuel Blixen, a prominent journalist and associate professor at the University of Uruguay, told Sputnik that he found the accusation made in the European Parliament's resolution against Russian media simply "shameful."
EU lawmakers' decision was unacceptable, Blixen stressed, because "these political operations impinge on media which by [Europe's] own criteria are transparent." Accordingly, the journalist suggested that instead of equating Russian media with Daesh, observers should instead consider the EU parliament's resolution as "state terrorism."
"It is bordering on the absurd when a body like the European Parliament issues such a declaration against media which broadcasts around the world," Blixen noted.