Russia Today loses battle in opposition to EU ban, Moscow warns of retaliation

The emblem of Russian tv community Russia Today (RT) is observed on the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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BRUSSELS, July 27 (Reuters) – State-controlled media outlet Russia Today on Wednesday misplaced its court docket battle in opposition to a European Union ban imposed in March over alleged disinformation, prompting the Kremlin to warn of retaliatory measures in opposition to Western media.

Europe’s 2nd best possible court docket upheld the EU resolution, taken after Brussels accused Russia Today of systematic disinformation over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The Grand Chamber of the General Court dismisses RT France’s utility for annulment of acts of the Council, followed following the outbreak of the battle in Ukraine, quickly prohibiting that organisation from broadcasting content material,” the Luxembourg-based General Court stated.

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Judges counseled the latitude of the EU’s council of presidency heads to take restrictive measures on this box and disregarded Russia Today’s arguments that the ban curtailed its freedom of expression.

“The barriers on RT France’s freedom of expression which the restrictive measures at factor are at risk of have are proportionate, inasmuch as they’re suitable and vital to the goals pursued,” judges stated of their ruling.

“The Court additionally unearths that the ones measures don’t disproportionately infringe the crucial content material of RT France’s freedom to habits a trade since they’re transient and reversible,” they stated.

The Kremlin stated the EU court docket’s resolution was once “extraordinarily adverse” and that Moscow would take an identical measures in opposition to Western media in reaction.

In a choice with journalists, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated Russia Today was once not able to paintings in Europe however he was hoping it might in finding loopholes to renew broadcasting.

RT France stated it might enchantment to the Court of Justice of the European Union, Europe’s best possible.

“The Court’s affirmation of this basic ban with an unsure time period sadly displays that the judicial energy of the European Union can’t or does now not need to oppose political energy,” Xenia Fedorova, president of RT France, stated in a observation.

The EU sanction, which applies to RT’s English unit and operations in Britain, Germany, France and Spain, method RT content material can’t be broadcast or disseminated through EU operators.

The ban contains the suspension of RT’s broadcasting licences and authorisation, transmission and distribution preparations with its EU opposite numbers.

The case is T-125/22.

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Reporting through Foo Yun Chee; Editing through Mark Heinrich, Mark Potter and Jan Harvey

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