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    Moscow 'Sorry Such Citadel of Democracy' as UK Supports Restricting Sputnik, RT

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    The United Kingdom violates media freedom, one of the fundamental democratic values, by criticizing Sputnik news agency and RT for allegedly spreading misleading information, Sergey Kalashnikov, a member of the Russian Federal Assembly’s Committee on information policy, said Friday, commenting on UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Fallon claimed Sputnik and RT needed to be "called out" for spreading "misleading" information regarding Syria and Ukraine.

    "I am very sorry that such a citadel of world democracy as the United Kingdom has suddenly supported media restrictions. I believe that such statements do not correspond to the level of the minister of such country," Kalashnikov said.

    He stressed that the freedom of the media was a "fundamental value."

    It is not the first time when Western states want to restrict the activity of Sputnik and RT. On November 16, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution, which said that Sputnik and RT posed danger to Europe’s unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects. It also drew a parallel between Russian media and the propaganda disseminated by Daesh.

    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.


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