The foreign Affairs Committee of the house of Commons of the British Parliament met on 29 November another hearing about the relations of Britain and Russia, inviting them to representatives of the Russian state media channel RT and news Agency and radio Sputnik, reports the website of the legislature.
During the event they discussed issues concerning foreign policy of great Britain towards Russia, various options for the development of Russian-British relations, as well as the activities and influence of Russian media on the situation in the country.
In particular, journalists asked, was there any interference in their work from Moscow. “Asked whether any Russian officials you either change the material or do something different?” – asked conservative MEP Daniel Kawczynski, reports the BBC Russian service.
“Absolutely no. RT independent in the editorial policy from the first day of existence that is reflected in our programs, which presents many points of view of different political forces on any of the issues that we cover,” – said the official representative of the RT Anna Belkina.
Another Committee member, labour MP Mike Gaps, asked whether in his own rules RT and Sputnik, the requirement to be impartial and give the floor to all sides of the conflicts.
This Belkin said that RT materials is based on facts, and the RT tries to “Supplement” the information landscape, focusing on those issues that, from his point of view, is not sufficiently covered by mainstream media.
The head of the Bureau Sputnik in Britain Oxana Brazhnik before said that Sputnik offers a “Russian view” on issues, and the editor of the Agency, and radio, the former BBC journalist Nikolay Gorshkov added that, in his opinion, the same deals and world service BBC – propaganda of the British view of the world.
To the question if RT is available for review readers a set of principles and rules as the BBC, Belkin said that the rules are, but this “internal” document, and reiterated the thesis of “addition” of the information.
On the issue of MPs like RT and Sputnik work in Britain, Oxana Brazhnik and Anna Belkina complained that some British journalists and politicians treat them with hostility and sometimes people tell them “afraid” to work for them.
RT critics in Britain and other countries say that under the lighting “lighting is insufficient in the mainstream” of facts and questions the channel actively promotes conspiracy theories and fringe views.
On 23 November, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which, the Russian authorities have been accused of conducting propaganda through the state media to divide the EU. Information threat for the European Union, according to deputies, represent the RT, Sputnik Agency, Fund “Russian world” and the Agency under the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation – Russia and its culture. The document also says that Russia is providing financial support to opposition political parties in the European Union.
In the Moscow document, adopted by the European Parliament, criticized, and in the Kremlin vowed to retaliate.