The EU has banned the transmission of programs by the Russian state broadcaster RT. Anyone who distributes its content will have to pay an administrative fine of up to 50,000 euros in Austria. This is a declaration of war on the freedom of the press – and is primarily aimed at the alternative media.
A comment by Heinz Steiner
Again “StandardAs reported yesterday, Media Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP) explained that the Russian state broadcaster RT was “an instrument of warfare”. The imposition of administrative penalties of up to 50,000 euros for the “broadcasting of programs” from the station was therefore decided by the ÖVP and the Greens, with reference to the EU sanctions submitted a motion against the Russian state media and supported by all parties except the FPÖ. While the Libertarians recognize that propaganda is being disseminated through this channel, this provision would amount to a form of censorship. After all, a permanent restriction will be implemented.
What is problematic is the fact that media reporting restricts the possibility of referring to and linking to RT reports. Regardless of whether the respective report with reference to the respective RT report is now benevolent or critical. Above all, one must also consider the fact that the Ukrainian media are equally partisan and, in turn, spread propaganda as well. However, a corresponding restriction in this regard is not implemented. This is a blatant violation of the principle of equal treatment. After all, the Ukrainian reports are also very partisan and propaganda reports. Although it should be added that the EU mainstream media are not much better at this and uncritically adopt Ukrainian reports. See also the story about theHeroes of Snake Island“where, despite the assurances from the Russian side that the border guards were captured, Ukrainian propaganda was adopted, after which the 13 soldiers were killed by the Russians. In the end it turned out that the Russian reports were correct after all. The supposedly fallen heroes have actually arisen.
Basically, those media should now be penalized for providing German-speaking consumers with a correction of incidents – with the appropriate backlinks. This means: In the future, the mainstream media in Austria can continue to spread Ukrainian propaganda messages with impunity, but corrections with reference to censored Russian media are not allowed? The smaller alternative media in particular cannot afford such sums of up to 50,000 euros – and are thus almost muzzled as an important corrector to the often one-sided transatlantic mainstream. Because regardless of how you feel about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it is essential for understanding the whole picture to analyze and consider as many sides as possible. Because if one thing is crystal clear: The truth dies first in war. But if only one-sided reporting (in this case pro-Ukraine) is allowed, the integrity of media reporting also dies. Is that what the Austrian politicians really want? How to proceed then? Perhaps Austria will soon also have an Orwellian Ministry of Truth…