EU court upholds broadcast ban against Russia

1. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected a request by the Russian news channel RT France to lift a broadcast ban imposed by the European Union (EU) on Russia regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

2. “The General Court of the EU rejects the request of Russia Today France for the annulment of the acts of the Council of the EU,” the ECJ said on Twitter on Wednesday.

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3. Following the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on February 24, 2022, the Council of the EU adopted several sets of sanctions against Russia.

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4. These sanctions include broadcast bans in the EU targeting Russian media that the EU considers disinformation, including RT France.

5. These bans had been in effect since March 2, and RT France went to court to challenge them on March 8.

6. However, RT France requested the cancellation of the Council’s sanctions, arguing that the decision goes against freedom of expression and information, the right to defend oneself, freedom of enterprise and the principle of non-discrimination based on nationality.

seven. Meanwhile, the CJEU ruled against RT France, saying the ban was a “proportionate” measure and “necessary for the objectives pursued”.
It also ruled that RT France’s entrepreneurial freedom was not affected, the measures being temporary and reversible.

8. “This ban shows that EU justice cannot or does not want to oppose political power.

9. “European politicians have chosen a path against the values ​​on which Europe was founded, such as freedom of expression and diversity of opinion,” tweeted Xenia Fedorova, president of RT France.

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