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    All of RT's Accounts in the UK Blocked, Says Editor-in-Chief Simonyan

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    RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said that all the company's accounts in the UK have been blocked.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The RT broadcaster's accounts have been blocked in the United Kingdom, Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday, suggesting that the move stifles free speech.

    "Our accounts in the UK have been closed. All Accounts. 'The decision is not subject to revision'. Long live freedom of speech!" Simonyan said in a Twitter post.

    Following Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan's statement on Twitter earlier in the day, RT UK said it had been informed by the National Westminster Bank that it "will no longer provide" banking arrangements with the broadcaster.

    ​Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commenting on the RT blocked accounts said that it seems like London has abandoned all of its freedom of speech obligations.

    "It seems that leaving the EU, London has left all its freedom of speech obligations in Europe. As they say, a new life without bad habits," Zakharova said in a Facebook post.

    RT UK added that National Westminster Bank said its parent organization Royal Bank of Scotland Group would refuse to service the broadcaster without "any discussion."

    "We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities," NatWest said in a letter to RT’s London office.

    NatWest letter to RT's London Office
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    NatWest letter to RT's London Office


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      The west supports insane war mongering meanwhile rejecting free speech and democracy, whilst claiming to bring freedom to the world - by throwing bombs and assisting terrorism...
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      This is an utterly, utterly disgraceful action against RT and a complete betrayal of democracy in action. It is beneath contempt. Is there any action supporters of free-speech can take? I shall be writing to my MP.
    • avatar
      The west hates RT and Sputnik because they are telling the awful truth about the wests evil ways . And we know the west hates the truth and hates being exposed for what it is and what it's doing
    • avatar
      More as 60 years ago I have learned in the school that a country where is no free Press and speech is a dictator ship !!!! GB, was a example for press and speech freedom mow ?? Ha Ha Ha Ha
      Now Great Britton is a "Terror State" and a "Dictator State" be side a little lap dog from terror state USA !!!
      EU and USA becoming more and more Terror and crime state as in the 3th World !!!
      The old Soviet Union was much more free !!!
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      tobi.gelandoin reply tololhaha(Show commentHide comment)
      My RT account is has been blocked for expressing my pro Russian views !!!!
      We are not the only on so far as I now !!!
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      The BBC is losing the propaganda war. Truth will always prevail.
    • sophm0e38
      Every day we increase our resemblance to Saudi Arabia.
    • Mystic-One
      When Communism rolls in the first thing to go is Freedom of Speech.
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      Lickie Weeks
      I ♥ Russia!!!!!!!! You guys totally ROCK!!!!!!!!
      Britts consume their liqueur ANALLY!!!!!!!!
    • Drain the swamp
      Killary must be losing POTUS election, they have to silence all non controlled media for rigging to take place AND for them to get people to accept it.
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      Jetsin reply tosophm0e38(Show commentHide comment)

      Two thumbs up.
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      Here's freedom to him who would speak
      Here's freedom to him who would write,
      For there's none ever feared that the truth should be heard,
      Except he who the truth would indict.

      - Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)
      This act, especially combined with the severing of Assange's Internet connection, is worrying.

      I'm definitely reconsidering my view of Theresa May's leadership.

      Only recently Obama gave a rather disturbing speech about alternate and independent media.

      I wrote a long comment on this.

      His words contained disturbing notions of a new darker age of information.

      These acts against RT and against Assange very much seem to be the first seedlings growing from Obama's disturbing speech.

      Here was my response:


      “There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” - OBAMA

      None of these words of Obama's sound good.

      His words are deliberately soft and politically-correct, but they are truly saying things no president should say.

      The mainline press is now a shadow of its former self owing to corporate consolidation and concentration plus the rising costs of genuinely seeking stories abroad.

      The fact that America's government today is so immersed in trying to re-order the lives of so many others on the planet, rather than working for its own people, also plays a large and increasing role, for the press must go along to keep the official explanations “out there."

      Any paper or broadcaster who even tried to say, for example, what Syria is really about would put its contacts in government - contacts for leaks and information and for influencing policies regarding their industry - at total risk. They would be cut-off and have their taxes audited and be investigated for disloyalty and being under the influence of foreign powers just for a start.

      It just cannot happen, and, besides, the corporate entities of news are no different to any other corporate entities from Microsoft to Coca-Cola. They have no interest in opposing the establishment. They are part of it.

      As for the Internet and the tremendous growth of alternative news sources, I fully expect an assault of some kind to be mounted by Washington.

      Banning or limiting sources like Sputnik or RT? Possibly creating the equivalent of The Great Wall of China against all independent journalists and commentators? A very active program of discrediting people in the alternative media? Making the saying of certain things illegal, censorship under the guise of hate-crime legislation? Search engines like Google – completely in the CIA’s pocket – ignoring some search requests or re-directing them? Going after ISPs who carry such media under spurious new laws? This whole precious structure of alternative media is highly vulnerable to determined opponents with good resources, I am sorry to say.

      There are lots of possibilities, and we can be certain people with big resources are at work in gaining what they want, a virtual monopoly over the dissemination of information and the ability to put out disinformation with virtually no opposition.

      Because the fundamental truth is the American government long ago stopped being a government for its own people. It is a government for special interests and aggression all over the planet, one that requires an endless stream of lies and misrepresentations to carry on.

      That is at its heart of what this very strange presidential election is about. Trump is no angel, but angels are not very helpful in fighting the kinds of forces directing America today. And right now virtually all cautions have been thrown to the wind to discredit him.

      Hillary awaits - arms out, bug-eyed clown smile turned on - her deliverance so that she may, in turn, deliver to the interests who put her where she is what they want. And just one of her duties will be to repress alternative media and sources of information, something very helpful too when you pursue the hellish policies of war she will pursue.
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      jasin reply toJOHN CHUCKMAN(Show commentHide comment)
      JOHN CHUCKMAN, Maybe this is the "curating" function Obama referred to.

      "We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to," Obama said at an innovation conference in Pittsburgh.

      He's referred to something similar before.

      "And so, if we’re going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, ..."
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      Darrell R
      Just like a bad dictatorship, they pound their population with propaganda and ban free press in order to hide the truth from its people. I realize this news comes from the Russian (the supposed enemy) point of view, but what lies have they been able to point out. I would say they are more reliable than CNN for example. Media outlets in the US, like the New York Times for example, have made bogus claims against Sputnik and RT. It puts holes in their cover. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" that's what they are telling us. It's a sad day for free speech! Like the Russians or not, this should sound an alarm to all people when it is dictated to you just what news you can or cannot have access to.
    • turex
      RT isn't perverted enough, that's why.
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      Darrell Rin reply toJOHN CHUCKMAN(Show commentHide comment)
      JOHN CHUCKMAN, excellent comment! The fact that the president would promote censorship of this kind is very alarming. Do people realize just how far this could go? He even made negative comments about Fox News. He said "I wouldn't vote for me either if I listened to Fox News." As if to say any news outlet that goes against his agenda is not credible.
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      Darrell Rin reply toJOHN CHUCKMAN(Show commentHide comment)
      I don't have my views on Washington's international policies because of Sputnik or RT, I started following the news here because it happened to match the views I already had based on facts I had gotten from many sources. No media outlet is perfect by any means, but this is not a pack of lies like some are suggesting. It just challenges what western MSM and western leaders claim.
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      Sputnik editor:
      "bully beef boris" is the nick name of Boris Johnson the Foreign Affairs minister of the UK. What is the issue here? Why did you delete my comment? Why do you delete critical comments at the address of the United Kingdom foreign policy?
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