06:33 GMT08 March 2021
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    David Kramer, Senior Director at the McCain Institute and former president of Freedom House, has called for more aggressive measures aimed at negating the influence of Russian media outlets like RT and Sputnik.

    During an interview with the Lithuanian weekly news magazine Veidas, he proposed either tracking the assets of state-funded Russian media companies or simply banning them outright, not for the nature of their broadcasts but simply because they're sponsored by Russian government.

    Another, less aggressive strategy proposed by Kramer involves providing financial support to media agencies broadcasting in Russia and in Eastern Europe.

    During the interview, Kramer also accused Russia of a full-scale 'invasion' of Ukraine and of deploying ground troops to Syria to fight against opposition groups instead of Daesh.

    Sputnik's press service pointed out that the measures proposed by Kramer violate two core European principles: freedom of speech and of the freedom of the press. It went on to highlight that for a man who used to be the head of Freedom House to voice these ideas was especially bizarre, given that the organization was supposedly dedicated to the promotion of the principles of freedom and democracy in the world.

    Sputnik is an international media agency that broadcasts in over 30 languages and operates in strict accordance with laws regulating media activity, the press service added.


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