Russia’s RT channel ‘broke the rules of fairness 29 times after Ukraine invaded’

Ofcom has found that Russian broadcaster RT that reported after the country’s invasion of Ukraine violated its fairness rules 29 times in four days.

He TV watchdog, which revoked the channel’s UK broadcast license in March, said it was looking into the cases to “impose a statutory sanction”.

Its investigation looked at 15 RT News bulletins on February 27 – the week of the invasion – as well as 12 on March 1 and one on March 2.

The documentary Donbass Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow, which was repeated on March 1 and 2, was also found to have broken the rules.

We recognize that RT coverage does not guarantee fairness regarding the conflict in the Donbas region of UkraineOfcom

Ofcom said in a statement: “In each case, we found that RT’s reporting failed to preserve objectivity regarding the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

“Ofcom considers these violations serious and repetitive, and we want to review them for statutory sanction.”

Ofcom notes that broadcasters must follow their broadcast rules when dealing with “major issues such as war or areas of conflict” and this includes giving “the right weight to a considerable range of points of view”.

In March, Ofcom ruled that RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, was “unfit and appropriate” to hold a UK broadcasting license.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among those who have called for a review of the Kremlin-backed TV channel in the wake of the Russian invasion.

It comes after dozens of UK journalists and media were sanctioned in June for what Russia called “deliberately disseminating disinformation and one-sidedly”.

Among those on the list of 29 individuals are BBC director-general Tim Davie, editor of The Times John Witherow, editor-in-chief of The Guardian Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph Chris Evans, BBC chairman Richard Sharp, and The Independent’s chief executive, Christian Broughton. Russia’s RT channel ‘broke the rules of fairness 29 times after Ukraine invaded’

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