Ukraine Crisis: UK Broadcasting Regulator Opens More Probes Into Russia’s RT

The British broadcasting regulator has introduced one other dozen investigations into the “impartiality” of stories programmes aired on Russian state-funded tv channel RT.

Ofcom stated on Wednesday that it now has 27 open investigations into RT and is contemplating whether or not the channel ought to maintain its UK licence.

“We’re very involved by the quantity of programmes on RT which are elevating potential points below the Broadcasting Code,” Ofcom stated in an announcement.

The regulator first introduced its probe on Monday, saying it had seen “a major improve” within the variety of potential breaches on RT information programmes after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

When overlaying subjects as necessary because the Ukraine disaster, all media with licences “should adjust to the particular impartiality necessities in our Code”, the physique stated.

“These guidelines require broadcasters to take extra steps to protect due impartiality – specifically by together with and giving due weight to a variety of great views.”

Russian-controlled tv channels have come below fireplace because the West and its allies search to crack down on misinformation about Moscow’s onslaught on Ukraine.

RT is now not allowed to earn cash off Google and YouTube adverts, the Alphabet-owned tech giants have introduced, following strikes by Fb, Twitter, and Apple to curb entry to Russian-state-linked information.

Because the disaster escalates, the European Fee is banning Russia’s state-run mouthpieces, whereas within the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated it must be left to Ofcom to resolve the destiny of RT’s licence relatively than politicians, attributable to freedom of expression.

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