(State media, Corporate media, Independent media)
|Formation||10 December 2005|
|Interest of||"Philip Cross", Reframing Russia, Liz Wahl|
|A global TV channel backed by the Russian government. Allows Western dissidents on air and some deep politics to be discussed. Putting a positive spin on the government, but not too bad coverage of Russia either.|
RT, originally Russia Today, is a television network funded by the Government of Russia. It operates cable and satellite television channels directed to audiences outside of Russia as well as providing Internet content in various languages, including Russian.
RT International, based in Moscow, presents around-the-clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, debates, sports news, and cultural programmes about Russia. RT operates as a multilingual service with conventional channels in three languages: the original English language channel was launched in 2005, the Rusiya Al-Yaum Arabic language channel in 2007, and the Spanish language channel in 2009.
RT America (since 2010) and RT UK (since 2014) offer some locally based content for those countries.
Liz Wahl, a correspondent and anchor for the RT US from 2011 to 2014 resigned on air and denounced the station, alleging systematic anti-Western bias. She then joined the Institute for Statecraft, in which capacity she wrote for Stopfake that “there was constant pressure from the top to deviate from accuracy to deliver an anti-American and anti-Western narrative.”
Integrity Initiative Leak
- Full article: Integrity Initiative Leak
- Full article: Integrity Initiative Leak
On 17 October 2016, Britain's National Westminster Bank (NatWest), which is part of RBS Group, informed RT UK that it was going to close all of RT's bank accounts, without explanation. Although the British government is the Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s majority shareholder, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office denied any involvement. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the decision had not been taken by the bank independently:
- “It’s as clear as day that this decision was not made by the bank. And not any other bank – banks don’t make such decisions on their own,” he said. “I believe an old saying is appropriate here: don’t treat others the way you don’t wish to be treated yourself.”
On 18 October 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported that NatWest was backtracking on freezing RT's bank account apparently because "Moscow responded to the threat by claiming it would freeze the BBC's finances in Russia and report Britain to international watchdogs such as the OSCE for violating Russia's right to freedom of speech."
Censorship by RT
It may be instructive to note that some material is removed from the Russia Today website.
A September 2011 report noted that Vladimir Putin had claimed that the suggestion that the US intelligence agencies were involved in the 9/11 attacks was "complete nonsense". By March 1, 2015, this had been removed from their website.
Truthseeker E30 & E21
The RT site produced a video series, "The Truthseeker", archives of which were available online. Two episodes however, Episode 30, "Who Has Nukes in the Middle East?", and Episode 21 "Americas Next Colonies Part 2" though available on YouTube, were no longer available from RT.com as of 1 March 2015.
Censorship of RT
After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, RT was taken off air.
A Quote by Russia Today
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine||“I asked them – are you with us?” Zelensky said. “They answered that they are with us, but they don’t want to take us into the alliance. I’ve asked 27 leaders of Europe, if Ukraine will be in NATO, I’ve asked them directly — all are afraid and did not respond We were left by ourselves. Who is ready to go to war for us? Honestly, I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine guarantees of NATO membership? Honestly, everybody is afraid”||24 February 2022||Russia Today|
|Liz Wahl||<nowiki>“while the few experienced journalists on the [[[RT]]] staff aimed to be fair and objective, there was constant pressure from the top to deviate from accuracy to deliver an anti-American and anti-Western narrative.”</nowiki>||Liz Wahl||8 March 2016|
Employee on Wikispooks
|Maria Finoshina||Journalist||November 2005|
|Document:Notes from David Leask meeting 27 March 2018||strategy document||27 March 2018||Chris Donnelly||Integrity Initiative convinced Scottish 'fringe' nationalism is a Kremlin plot caused by RT and Sputnik; intends to influence to tie Scotland to NATO,England;wants to keep media and political dominance|
|Document:Russian propaganda and the US election SHORT||analysis||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
|Document:Social Media as a vector for propaganda||paper||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
|Document:The Curious Case Of Russia’s Contradictory Stance Towards 5G Technology||Article||18 May 2019||Andrew Korybko||While RT is telling the English-language international audience to be wary of 5G technology, the Russian state itself is already experimenting with it and doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about the potential health effects that it could have on its people.|
Documents sourced from Russia Today
- "Bank didn’t decide to close RT accounts in Britain on its own – Lavrov"
- "NatWest Bank, reinstate Russia Today's UK's bank accounts!"
- "NatWest backs down over threat to freeze Russia Today's bank account"