The German service of RT (Russia Today) is no longer in operation.
Euractiv reports that RT DE has issued a statement that announced it would cease its journalistic operations in Germany in reaction to EU restrictions, denouncing what it described as the EU’s “repressive restrictions on press and media freedoms”, which it said had forced the decision.
RT DE was launched in December 2021 and claimed it had a Serbian cable and satellite licence that allowed it to broadcast in Germany.
In a separate development, according to Lyngsat, RT’s Arabic channel ceased to be broadcast by the Hotbird 13C, Eutelsat 7B West and Eutelsat 8C West satellites to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
On the channel’s website, it says that this is a unilateral decision by the operator. However, the Denis Diderot Committee points out that is incorrect. This is the first implementation by the operator of the sanctions taken on December 16 by the European Union against ANO-TV Novosti, the provider of the Russia Today channels.