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British Media at War with Russian Counterparts


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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:08 GMT

The long feud between the British media and their Russian counterparts continues after Britain has barred Russia's RT and Sputnik news organisations on Monday from a global conference on media freedom in London because of their "active role in spreading disinformation."

"We have not accredited RT or Sputnik because of their active role in spreading disinformation," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

In the long escalating tension between the media on both sides, Russian Television (RT) has claimed in 2012 that the state of Russia-UK relations stems from increasingly negative coverage of Russia in the British press.

On the other hand, in December last year, Ofcom found RT had broken impartiality rules with several programmes broadcast after the nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury.

Among those cleared to attend are some 60 ministers and 1,000 journalists and members of civil society, along with the prominent lawyer and human rights activist Amal Clooney.

The final guest list is yet to be published, but officials said the only countries not invited are North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela.

Furthermore, Britain pledged £18 million to counter disinformation across eastern Europe and to strengthen independent media in the western Balkans. It is, however, a part of a £100 million, five-year commitment aimed at eastern Europe and central Asia.

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