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French satellite operator Eutelsat will stop carrying three Russian channels

16.12.2022, 11:22

On December 14, French broadcasting authority Arcom on Wednesday urged satellite company Eutelsat to stop carrying three Russian TV channels – Rossiya 1, Perviy Kanal, and NTV.

"Detector Media" writes about this, citing Arcom.

These channels' coverage of Ukraine included hate speech and incitement to violence. They have been spreading unfounded accusations, fueling Russian propaganda which justifies the war in Ukraine and downplays Russia's responsibility for the current events, the decision says.

The regulator discovered the channels "were broadcast not only in Russia, but also in the Ukrainian territories annexed by Russia".

"Given that, contrary to Russia, Ukraine has signed and ratified the European Convention on cross-border television, as France has done, Arcom now has the legal basis to request that Eutelsat stop broacasting these three channels," the regulator added.

Eutelsat spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the operator would comply with Arcom's decision.

In September, Arcom said that it did not have the authority to ban Eutelsat from broadcasting the Russian TV channels. In November, Reporters Without Borders filed a lawsuit against the regulator. On December 9, the Supreme Administrative Court of France ordered Arcom to reconsider its decision.

Eutelsat is one of the world's largest satellite communications operators. It provides broadcasting of 7,000 TV channels in Europe, America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

As IMI reported, Russian media holding VGTRK took cues from the FSB and the Ministry of Defense about how to cover events.

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