The Ukrainian media community asks European Commission to impose sanctions on all Russian TV channels. The major media groups in Ukraine 1+1 media, Starlight Media, Media Group Ukraine, Inter Media Group, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, NGO "Detector Media" and other media professionals ask the European Commission to impose sanctions on all Russian television channels with coverage via satellite or any other technology and ban their broadcasting in the EU.
The relevant open letter addressed to President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Vice President of the European Commission Věra Jourová was published by the signatories in a press release on Friday. Media groups are also asked to recommend that European providers broadcast Ukrainian television instead of Russian television channels, which has been currently broadcasting the "United News" marathon, also available in English since the international community should have uninterrupted access to unbiased and truthful information on events in Ukraine.
"Russian TV channels justify the war against Ukraine in their multiple news stories. They conceal the truth about the real scale of the military actions and their own losses. Besides, they are discrediting Ukrainian authorities and international partners, thus undermining democratic values and principles and questioning freedom of speech as the basis of European values. Russian mass media generate an enormous amount of fake news, thus deceiving their audience in the Russian Federation, EU countries, and the United States of America. Moreover, Russians living both in the Russian Federation and abroad focus on the information spread by the Russian media, which in fact deprives them of access to unbiased information or at least an alternative point of view," the media group said in the appeal.
At the same time, the document notes the positive impact of shutting down the broadcasts of RT and Sputnik channels in the territory of Western and Eastern Europe and the western part of Russia. Media people noted the influence of other channels controlled by the aggressor state, which are still present on European satellites (RT News, RTR Planeta, Rossiya 24, NTV Mir, Soiuz, 8 Kanal International, Pobeda International, 1 Kanal Europa, and RT France), also is detrimental to informational security of the whole world.
The authors of the letter also called on all concerned journalists, representatives of public organizations, and the media community from all over the world to join the open letter's signatories to the European Commission. "Since the editorial policy of these channels is completely controlled by the state, which is why these media are used as mouthpieces of Russian propaganda," the media group said in the document.