July 30, 2019  |  Updated August 22, 2019

RT Head Speaks Out Against U.K. Watchdog Fine

By William Echols

On July 26, Ofcom, the U.K. telecommunications and media watchdog, fined the Russian-state television network RT £200,000 (approximately $248,000) for “serious failures” to comply with its broadcasting rules, especially regarding the RT coverage of the March 2018 Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, and the Syrian conflict.

RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan took to Twitter to comment on the “gigantic fine” levied against RT, arguing others had been fined less for “inciting ethnic hatred and incitement to violence.”

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