by Edward Steen, General-Secretary. Vienna, 28/02/2022
Following a decision by the AEJ leadership, the European Commissione imposed an EU-wide ban on Sutnik and RT, which have played a key part in spreading lies and endorsing “false flag” reports to ensure maximum confusion over Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, and in general to weaken the Western democracies which Ukraine wishes to join.
The statement in full reads: “The Ukraine war is blatantly that of falsehood against truth, launched by a murderous dictatorship and its satrapies to wreck Western democracies. Russia Today, now worldwide, has already been banned by Germany. It should immediately be blocked, and its ‘journalists’ removed by all EU member states. Ex-politicians such as ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Austria’s former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, and ex-foreign minister Karin Kneissl working for the Kremlin should be subjected to the same sanctions as Putin’s circle and Russian banks.
“Together with all independent journalists, the AEJ denounces Russia’s brutal suppression of independent news media working in Russia. It will continue to expose wherever possible Russian fake news and bombardment by its armies of trolls. But, if anything, the aggression in Ukraine has strengthened its and other democracies’ belief in the rule of law and what is just as essential to that: free, independent news media.”
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