Russia warns it could strip France 24, Deutsche Welle of licence – agencies
Russia states that it might remove France 24 TV channel and German broadcaster Deutshe Welle of their operating licenses in the country amid the fast crumbling relationship between the West and Moscow.
Russia’s communications watchdog said “it may act against the French media outlet a day after French authorities accused Russian broadcaster RT of airing distortions about the conflict in Syria,”.
Russia had earlier imbibed the use regulatory laws on media ownership to indulge foreign news agency with expulsion in a tit-for-tat response to measures taken by foreign governments against RT.
The French media regulator (CSA) released a warning to RT’s French office, blaming it of “misrepresenting facts in a news bulletin about events in Syria.”
Russian news agency RIA quoted a Russian broadcasting industry source as saying: “During an analysis of the licensing agreements in (watchdog) Roskomnadzor’s possession, it has been established that the editorial activity of (France 24) is under the control of a foreign legal entity.”
According to Interfax news agency, Roskomnadzor could ask a court to strip Media Communications, a Russian entity, of its license to broadcast France 24 in Russia.
RT chief Margarita Simonyan told RIA, “Unlike others, Russia can afford such a luxury as reciprocal measures.”
Although the French’s CSA had placed no suspensions on the radiotelephone over the alleged false report, but the regulatory body also saddles an authority to fine a broadcaster or suspend its license.
The agency cited committee Igor Morozov member as saying that “Russia may strip Deutsche Welle off its licence if it violates the law, following the statement made by the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova”.
She said on Thursday that Deutsche Welle had published “insulting” articles on the social media, RIA said.