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On any given day, any hour of the day, GOOG counts < 300 (N.A.) viewers watching RT America LIVE YouTube channel. As Oui pointed out (above) RT sat transmission is dead to NL. Yet here you are. Did you attempt to connect to the RT link posted in the header of this diary? Were you successful? Did you listen to either 30-minute "Going Underground" interview?
Europe to Ban Russian State-Run Media Companies Sputnik, RT, 27 Feb
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday the measures, part of a broader package of sanctions, were needed to stop the state from spreading "their lies to justify Putin's war and to sow division in our union."
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RT has a large online audience, meaning that bans on conventional broadcast television may not cut off its reach. It has 4.6 million subscribers on YouTube and 7.4 million followers on Facebook.

By contrast, when its U.K. audience data were being collected in 2017 it was getting just 3,400 viewers at any given point, according to Ofcom, Britain's independent media regulator.

European outlets now face retaliation from the Kremlin. RT was forced off the air in Germany earlier in February and Russia swiftly closed state-supported broadcaster Deutsche Welle's Moscow bureau and revoked its employees' accreditations. Russia also expelled a British Broadcasting Co. reporter in August.

RT, Sputnik Content Officially Banned Across European Union, 2 Mar 2022
Russian-backed media RT and Sputnik are officially banned in the European Union as of today, as the bloc hardens its stance against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The restrictions prohibit broadcasting content from the two television channels and their subsidiaries, downloading their apps and sharing their output on social media platforms, according to documents published by the European Commission today.

"In order to justify and support its aggression of Ukraine, the Russian Federation has engaged in continuous and concerted propaganda actions targeted at EU and neighboring civil society members, gravely distorting and manipulating facts," the Commission wrote.

State-controlled media "are essential and instrumental in bringing forward and supporting the aggression against Ukraine and for the destabilization of its neighboring countries," according to the Commission. "It is necessary to urgently suspend the activities of such media outlets in the EU, until the aggression to Ukraine is put to an end."
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday the measures, part of a broader package of sanctions, were needed to stop the state from spreading "their lies to justify Putin's war and to sow division in our union."

by Cat on Mon Mar 7th, 2022 at 12:32:41 PM EST
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