The RT broadcaster's accounts have been blocked in the United Kingdom, Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said on October 17, suggesting that the move stifles free speech.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned over the blocking of RT broadcaster's accounts in the United Kingdom and calls on British authorities to assist in solving the situation. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Britain's media regulator OFCOM "is clearly biased" against RT.
RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan denied on Thursday media reports that the broadcaster’s accounts had been blocked because of anti-Russian sanctions.
Blocking of the RT accounts in the UK by NatWest bank is a move associated with a dictatorship rather than democracy, former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond said Wednesday.
RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk chief said that Reporters Without Borders is going to see how the situation unfolds around the decision of UK’s National Westminster Bank (NatWest) to close RT news channel accounts in the country.
UK Foreign Secretary said that decision to block accounts of the RT broadcaster in the United Kingdom was taken independently by the bank.
Sergei Lavrov said that UK bank that blocked the RT broadcaster's accounts may have acted on orders from above.
The blocking of RT UK's bank accounts indicates that an information war does exist and that the United States could be behind the move, Claude Chollet, head of the Paris-based media watchdog OJIM, told Sputnik.
Despite the fact that the Royal Bank of Scotland dealt a serious blow to RT UK by blocking all of the organization’s accounts, it remains unlikely that the broadcaster’s audience in Britain will be deterred by this move from searching for alternatives to the mainstream media.
The Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) has turned to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) of the United Kingdom and Ireland and other international organizations over the UK decision to block the accounts of the RT broadcaster, RUJ Executive Secretary Nadezhda Azhgihina said on Monday.
The RT broadcaster will not give up and will do everything in its power to continue operating in the United Kingdom after it blocked its accounts, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday.
The Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media is following closely the case of blocking RT broadcaster’s accounts in the United Kingdom and its possible consequences for the rights of RT to broadcast in the United Kingdom, OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media Dunja Mijatovic told Sputnik on Monday.
The UK bank that blocked the accounts of RT broadcaster should explain its decision publicly, Anthony Bellanger, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) told Sputnik on Monday.
The blocking of the accounts of the RT broadcaster in the United Kingdom will not lead to the company halting its operations in the country, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday.
The Russian State Duma will demand explanations from the UK authorities regarding the decision to block accounts of the RT broadcaster, Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the committee on international affairs, said Monday.