Banning RT and Sputnik Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Free Speech

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The logo of Russian state-owned television station RT is seen at the window of the company’s office in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 27, 2017 (AP photo by Pavel Golovkin).
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On March 2, the European Union announced that the Russian state-sponsored channels Sputnik and RT would be banned from broadcasting within the union, citing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Kremlin’s “systematic, international campaign of disinformation, information manipulation and distortion of facts.” And British media regulator Ofcom announced today that it was taking RT off the air after an investigation found it was “not fit and proper to hold a license in the UK.” The dangers of the propaganda spouted by RT and Sputnik are considerable. These outlets sow divisions, cleave societies, threaten free and fair elections—and, now, shield […]

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