Dutch internet providers block RT and Sputnik – media – RT World News

Several major Dutch internet service providers have reportedly started blocking websites belonging to RT English, RT UK, RT DE, RT France, RT Spanish, as well as Sputnik.

According to news outlet ANP, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has targeted said Russian media because they are on the EU sanctions list, which the bloc enacted in response to Moscow’s military offensive. in Ukraine.

The ACM is said to have sent a list of unwanted media to internet service providers, including VodafoneZiggo, KPN and T-Mobile, on Monday.

A spokesperson for VodafoneZiggo told reporters that the company would indeed block websites “as soon as possible, probably Tuesday,” with T-Mobile also expected to comply soon.

KPN, while agreeing to restrict access to Russian media, clarified that it is “fundamentallyagainst the idea of ​​blocking all websites in general. A spokesperson for the supplier clarified that KPN does not believe it is up to them to “determine what is good and what is bad.“The company would like to see”net neutrality” in place.

Last Wednesday, the European Commission ruled that all RT channels, as well as Sputnik, would be banned in all 27 member states over allegations of “systematic» misinformation regarding the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

Commenting on the decision, the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said that “the Kremlin’s systematic manipulation and disinformation of information is being used as an operational tool in its assault on Ukraine.The manager went on to say that the Russian outlets posed a “significant and direct threat to public order and security in the Union.

Meta, Google, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok are already complying with the ban, not displaying material from RT and Sputnik in EU member states.

On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine, with President Putin citing the need to “demilitarize and denazify” the country as well as to prevent Kyiv from being drawn into NATO. Moreover, according to the Russian President, the Ukrainian government’s policy towards the Russian-speaking population of the Donbas republics amounted to “genocide.“Ukraine and the West suspect, however, that the Kremlin actually wants to install a pro-Russian puppet government in Kiev, inventing pretexts for an aggressive policy and”unprovoked” war.


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