British media operating in Russia must be prepared to respond to the actions of their own government. This was at a briefing, said the official representative of our foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova. The fact is that under the far-fetched pretext, London does not allow journalists from the RT TV company and the Sputnik agency to hold the conference on media freedom. According to Maria Zakharova, Great Britain has become a fighter against unwanted news sources at night for the general public. The two-day conference today has completed its work.
During the worldwide conference on media freedom, they even managed to limit this freedom. The accreditation was refused to journalists from the RT television channel and the Sputnik agency. There are probably no places left. This is despite the fact that Russian journalists submitted an application within a few weeks. But for example, we just silently accredited two days ago. Yes, and there are plenty of empty seats.
Later in a conversation with The Guardian, representatives from the Foreign Ministry nevertheless acknowledged that they had deliberately not allowed journalists from two Russian publications to the conference.
The reasons for guessing are simple. Our media are again unproven and accused of spreading the wrong information. Moscow demanded that London during the day give concrete examples of the same disinformation. But the British Foreign Office did not do that. Press staff department head Jeremy Hunt is guarded by Russian journalists. And he left the answer to our question himself. Literally disappeared.
Question: Mr. Hunt, why didn't you let RT and Sputnik go to the conference?
Jeremy Hunt: Sorry.
London's inadequate decision was mentioned in the International Committee for the Protection of Journalists, its headquarters are in New York. They demanded to reconsider the decision on accreditation. To say the least, the OSCE media freedom chairman, Arlem Dezir, is surprised.
"We often come across such situations. But we are talking about underdeveloped countries. And the fact that the UK is allowing such a thing is very worrying," said Arlem Dezir.
From the podium, Hunt again stated: Britain has become the world leader in the unveiling of Fake News. That country that has not yet shown that Russia is guilty of poisoning Skripale. And this is just an example of direct disinformation from the kingdom itself.
On the eve of the referendum on the country's withdrawal from the EU, the BBC journalists, who did not hide their negative attitude towards the Brexit, have almost not invited supporters to go to the studio. And 100 kilometers from London is a whole army unit, whose weapons are not machine guns, but misinformation. The 77th brigade studies the public of social networks and, based on its age, attitudes, habits, forms an alternative reality.
"It is necessary to actively influence the perception of current events of the public. Actively generate information. Move it deliberately where necessary," explains the representative of the "77 Brigade" secret unit.
This is an information war in its purest form. But sometimes it's ridiculous. On the eve of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia ™, to convince the residents not to fly to Russia, The Mirror published a clip video of how crazy Russian fans train to attack English fans. But in fact these are fights during Shrovetide festivities.
Today, most topics were devoted to freedom of the press and journalists, their protection against persecution. But Great Britain is keeping WikiLeaks maker Julian Assange behind bars. Belmarsh prison compared to Guantanamo. Special criminals, including terrorists, serve their sentences there.
And while politicians said harsh words about the value of every media worker, activists organized a picket just before they entered the forum.
"We are here because we are protesting against the lies of our government," says the activist.
At the same time, the Kingdom is deeply concerned about the fate of journalists from Eastern Europe and the countries of the former USSR. The British government will allocate more than $ 20 million to them to support media freedom, combat disinformation and, as The Telegraph writes, protect & # 39; from Russian interference & # 39 ;. 10 million goes to Ukrainian editions only.
Our representatives could not answer all these statements. Employees from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent invitations. But they refused to issue visas.