This, according to the regulator, follows the transmission of a Russian-language programme of January 13 which it says “seriously and gravely violated” the Law on Public Information.
LRTK adds that it initiated the established procedure for the temporary suspension of RTR Planeta on October 28, 2020 following another programme that “incited war, discord and national hatred”.
If three violations are detected in 12 months it may temporarily suspend the free reception of RTR Planeta.
It has already done so on several occasions in 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014. LRTK will soon contact the broadcaster (Russia’s VGTRK), the channel’s licensing authority (in France), notifying them about the violations and measures it will take if they recur.
It will also inform the European Commission (EC) about the violations.
This procedure stipulates that if within one month of contacting the EC there is no mutual agreement and violations continue, LRTK has the right to suspend the retransmission of RTR Planeta for 12 months or more.