Russia Today as the Kremlin’s propaganda, and it has been classed as a “foreign agent” in the United States. They use other nations laws to spread disinformation.
Russian Media, RIA Novosti:
— “Moscow’s response to the ban on RT DE broadcasts may affect both German media in Russia and Internet intermediaries that delete the channel’s accounts, the Foreign Ministry said”
Russian state broadcaster Russia Today (RT) has been told to stop airing its German-language channel in Germany.
In September, YouTube shut two German RT channels under its COVID-19 misinformation policies, a move that drew threats of retaliation from Russia.
Last year, Luxembourg rejected an application by RT for a licence to distribute its German-language service via satellite.
Russian Assault in Freedom of Expression
- Russia has introduced significant restrictions to online speech and invasive surveillance of online activity and prosecutes critics under the guise of fighting extremism.
- Since 2012, Russian authorities have unjustifiably prosecuted dozens of people for criminal offenses on the basis of social media posts, online videos, media articles, and interviews, and shut down or blocked access to hundreds of websites and web pages.
- Russian authorities have also pushed through parliament a raft of repressive laws regulating internet content and infrastructure.
- These laws provide the Russian government with a broad range of tools to restrict access to information, carry out unchecked surveillance, and censor information the government designates as “extremist,” out of line with “traditional values,” or otherwise harmful to the public