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German-language projects of the Russian media holding RT were subjected to an act of unprecedented information aggression from the video hosting YouTube, committed with the obvious connivance, if not at the insistence of the German side.

The accounts of two media operators of the RT group – “RT DE” and “Der Fehlende Part”, have been deleted without the right to restore. Attempts by the Internet giant to link such blatant actions with some abstract “violations of the internal rules of the community” as a justification for this obvious manifestation of censorship and suppression of freedom of expression cannot and will not be considered.

There is no doubt that such unauthorized actions in relation to the media project, which occupies the fourth line of the popularity rating of German-language media in the News and Politics category, was taken by YouTube hosting with the explicit and tacit support of the German authorities and local media, without hesitation and almost openly who subjected correspondents of Russian broadcasters to many years of harassment, including blocking bank accounts, defamation in public space, etc.

The aim of the aggression against the projects of the Russian media holding is obvious – to drown out sources of information that do not fit into a comfortable media background for the German officialdom.

Thus, for the sake of opportunistic interests that prevailed over the proclaimed liberal “norms and values”, the American Internet platform and the German authorities, by their actions, led to the fact that the 700,000 German-speaking audience, subscribing to the mentioned Internet channels, suddenly lost their chosen source of information.

The date of the plan’s implementation (I don’t want to think that we are talking about Infobarbarossa), apparently, was chosen with special cynicism, given that September 28 is the International Day of Universal Access to Information.

Taking into account the nature of what happened, which fully fits into the logic of the information war unleashed against Russia, the adoption of symmetrical retaliatory measures against the German media in Russia, moreover, repeatedly convicted of participating in interference in the internal affairs of our country, seems not only appropriate, but also necessary. Taking into account the repeated calls ignored by the German side to return to the fulfillment of its international obligations in the field of protecting media rights and freedom of speech, we consider such measures to be the only possible way to stimulate the partners’ interest in a constructive and meaningful dialogue around this unacceptable situation.

Based on the results of consideration of the appeal of the RT TV channel with a request for protection in connection with discrimination, it was decided to apply to the competent departments of the Russian Federation with a proposal to develop and take retaliatory measures against YouTube hosting and German media.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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