Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 19, 2017 11:55:43 GMT -5
CrossTalk: Legitimizing Violence.
RT Jun 16, 2017
The concept of a loyal opposition has long been the hallmark of western political life. This is now under attack. It would appear healthy debate is rejected. Respecting differing views dismissed and violence deemed acceptable. This is how civil wars start.
CrossTalking with Bruce Fein, Gina Loudon, and Ivan Eland.
Élysée Palace blocks RT's Ruptly video agency from Macron-May meeting.
RT.com 14 Jun, 2017 12:42
Emmanuel Macron’s administration blocked a producer for RT’s video agency Ruptly from an event at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. The incident appears to be the latest involving Russian media outlets and Macron, who seems to have a grudge against them.
Ugo Passuello came to the residence of the French president to cover Macron’s meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The palace’s press service released a statement ahead of the conference, saying that accessing it would only require a French press card, which Passuello had with him.
However, when he showed it to security he was barred from the event, allegedly over not having accreditation, he said.
“They saw the word 'Ruptly' on it. Several minutes later they told me Ruptly was not welcome at the Élysée Palace anymore and asked me to leave the place,” Passuello told RT.
Passuello said the palace security didn’t check his name against any list. Instead the guard called somebody on the phone and then simply rejected him.
“I am officially accredited by the Foreign Ministry,” he said. “This is purely political.”
Ruptly asked for clarification from the French president’s administration and has not immediately received it.
“Last time we asked Macron how he plans to work with foreign media. Voila!” commented RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.
The French president previously branded RT and the Russian news agency Sputnik “deceitful propaganda” and implied that people working for them are not “real journalists.”
“I have always had an exemplary relationship with foreign journalists, but they have to be real journalists,” Macron told RT France head Xenia Fedorova during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Versailles. “All foreign journalists, including Russian journalists, had access to my campaign.”
The dismissive remark came in response for comments on his campaign’s obstruction of RT and Sputnik during the election track. RT journalists were barred from the candidate’s HQ without a proper explanation.
In March, Macron’s aide Mounir Mahjoubi accused RT and Sputnik of being the “first source of false information shared about our candidate.” Accusations of false reporting also came from Richard Ferrand, Macron’s En Marche! Party, back in February.
No example of the alleged misinformation was ever provided.
RT said it “adamantly” denied these unfounded allegations.
“It seems that it has become acceptable to level such serious charges at RT without presenting any evidence to substantiate them, as well as to apply this ‘fake news’ label to any reporting that one might simply find unfavorable,” RT’s Press Office said in response to Ferrand’s remarks.
Macron govt shows ‘worrying signs’ of hostility towards media independence - French journalists.
RT.com 14 Jun, 2017 14:19
Unions representing journalists at more than 20 French media outlets including AFP, BFMTV, Libération and Le Monde say the government of President Emmanuel Macron is showing “extremely worrying” signs of hostility towards media independence.
“Faced with the freedom to inform, the new government has chosen to pressure [media outlets],” read a statement by the chapters of the Societe des Journalistes (SDJ) association, released by AFP on Tuesday.
The government of the newly-elected French president is sending “worrying signals” concerning “media independence” and “protection of sources,” the commentary added.
Among the signatories were the SDJ chapters of AFP news agency and broadcasters BFMTV, France 2, Europe 1, as well as L'Express, Le Monde and L'Obs newspapers and the center-left Libération newspaper. In May, the paper called on voters to cast their ballots for Macron just hours before the pre-election ban ahead of the presidential run-off.
The journalists’ commentary said that last week “two ministers sent extremely worrying signals regarding the way they conceive of the independence of media and the protection of sources.”
On Friday, the French Labor Ministry filed a complaint over document theft after Libération published an exclusive article featuring details of the government's plans to review the labor code.
Labor laws have been a contentious issue since spring 2016, when the government started discussing controversial reforms. It prompted numerous protests, resulting in clashes between police and demonstrators.
The government said its complaint was not aimed at the newspaper, but the French CGT national journalists' union (SNJ-CGT) said it was a “signal intended to muzzle the profession,” AFP reported.
It was also recently reported that Justice Minister Francois Bayrou had contacted Radio France, accusing its journalists of calling his MoDem (Democratic Movement) political party members and questioning them “in an abusive way.” He branded it “harassment.”
Shortly before Bayrou’s complaint Radio France aired an investigation, claiming that the party was suspected of having fictitious jobs in the European Parliament.
On Friday Paris prosecutor launched a judicial investigation into the use of European parliamentary funds by Bayrou’s party.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe criticized Bayrou's statements.
“When you are a minister, you are not simply a person driven by their passions, or their irritations, or their indignation,” Philippe told broadcaster France Info news service.
Bayrou defended his words citing freedom of speech.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 27, 2017 11:47:30 GMT -5
American Pravda: CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative “bullsh*t"
veritasvisuals Jun 26, 2017
In the recent video footage obtained by Project Veritas, John Bonifield a Sr. Producer at CNN, admits to several beliefs that are in direct conflict with the official CNN narrative that Trump has colluded with Russia, and that Russia has interfered with the 2016 election. Bonifield expresses clear doubts that there is a fire behind the Russia smoke, stating, “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He also confirms suspicions that CNN staff is ideologically biased against Trump, stating, “I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…”
Bonifield even further confirms CNN’s bias against the President, stating, “I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me...you have no real proof.”
Bonifield exposes that Russia has been great for CNN’s ratings, and that orders from CEO Jeff Zucker himself have directed CNN to pursue Russia leads at the expense of other stories. Bonifield states “And the CEO of CNN said in our internal meeting, he said ‘good job everybody covering the Climate Accords, but we’re done with it let’s get back to Russia.’”
He further comments on Russia, “it’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any giant proof...if it was something really good, it’d leak.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 28, 2017 14:48:23 GMT -5
CNN is losing its war on Russia and Trump.
Russia Insider Jun 28, 2017
‘CNN is DEAD!’ – Lionel.
RT America Jun 27, 2017
James O'Keefe, the investigative filmmaker behind Project Veritas, has released secret recordings of CNN health producer John Bonifield speaking candidly about the motivations behind his network’s editorial perspective and its fixation on “Russiagate” media narratives. RT America’s Anya Parampil reports. Then legal and media analyst Lionel of Lionel Media joins RT America’s Natasha Sweatte to discuss the recordings, which he regards as “the death of the Russian hacking story.”
CNN publishes, retracts, apologizes for fake news in scandalous whirlwind.
RT America Jun 27, 2017
CNN published a story about the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Treasury Department probing the connection of a Russian investment fund to a senior adviser of President Trump. Turns out the story was 'very fake news,' just as President Trump accused, as CNN has now retracted and apologized for the fake story.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 19, 2017 10:01:49 GMT -5
CNN Host Admits Trump/Russia Conspiracy Theory is Fake News.
Mark Dice Jun 28, 2017
CNN's Van Jones admits that the network's Trump/Russia coverage is a "big nothing burger." He was caught on tape by a Project Veritas reporter investigating CNN's fake news problem. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.
The Truth About CNN.
Paul Joseph Watson Jun 28, 2017
Brian Stelter is butt-hurt that people are being mean to CNN. Boo-hoo.
Van Jones: Russia is “Nothing burger”– American Pravda: CNN Part 2.
veritasvisuals Jun 28, 2017
Project Veritas’ American Pravda: CNN continues today with a video of left-leaning political commentator Van Jones caught on camera plainly stating that “the Russia thing is just a big nothing burger.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 19, 2017 11:17:45 GMT -5
‘Fearing court proceedings, Newsweek deleted the lies about us’ – RT, Sputnik editor-in-chief.
RT.com 22 Jul, 2017 16:25
Sputnik and RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan commented on the removal by Newsweek of false stories about Trump “conspiring with Russia,” saying it “deleted the lies about us, fearing court proceedings.”
“We’ll continue explaining to various newsweeks that lying is bad,” Simonyan told Sputnik.
Her comments come after Newsweek was forced to take down two erroneous articles by journalist Kurt Eichenwald, claiming that US President Donald Trump had conspired with Russia, as well as smearing former Sputnik editor William Moran.
On Friday, Moran said that a settlement had been reached, but did not provide any further details, saying that the deal was confidential between the two sides.
In October, Moran mistakenly attributed an article by Eichenwald to Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, realizing his mistake, deleted the article 20 minutes later.
However, while the piece was online, Eichenwald saw it and imagined collusion between the Trump campaign, Sputnik, and Wikileaks.
At the time, numerous media outlets (some usually quite critical of Russia) spoke out against Eichenwald. The Washington Post said that Eichenwald “is at best misleading,” while BuzzFeed proved that Trump and Moran quoted the same erroneous tweet, which was widespread online.
Moran then contacted Eichenwald, attempting to clarify the situation and expecting Eichenwald to retract the story.
That, however, did not happen. Instead, Eichenwald asked him to stay silent in exchange for a job as political reporter with The New Republic, and warned him about the potential consequences if the young journalist refused. Moran turned down the offer and went public with his version of events.
Moran has left the field of journalism and is currently pursuing a law degree, Sputnik news agency said.
“Newsweek is an established brand of 80 years and yet it is not even in Sputnik’s league in terms of global web traffic and performance,” Patrick Henningsen, geopolitical analyst and executive editor at 21stCenturyWire.com, said. News outlets like RT and Sputnik are winning in the ratings battle with many US and UK English language media platforms, he said, and explained why this is happening.
“It is simply because the Russia-based English language outlets are filling a demand for real international news and edgy opinion. They are simply feeding a massive audience out there which has been intentionally neglected for decades by Western establishment media conglomerates who have always enjoyed a monopoly on the global English language market. A network like RT, and a website like Sputnik, are only filling a demand which was always there.”
Russian MPs pass foreign agent bill for media in ‘mirror response’ to US.
RT.com 15 Nov, 2017 10:10
Russian State Duma on Wednesday passed in the third and final reading the bill require mass-media outlets operating in the country but funded from abroad to register as foreign agents.
The motion was prepared by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and the heads of all four parliamentary caucuses. It was drafted as a suite of amendments to the bill, allowing for websites of banned or extremist organizations to be blocked without requiring approval from the courts.
The text of the amendment defines affected mass-media outlets as legal entities that are “registered in a foreign nation, or a foreign structure that operates without registering as a company, engaged in spreading printed, audio, audio-visual or any other content prepared for an unlimited group of people.”
It states that such entities can be “recognized as foreign mass media executing the functions of a foreign agent if they receive monetary funds or other property from foreign states, government agencies, foreign-based and international organizations, foreign citizens and persons without citizenship or any other persons acting on behalf of foreign citizens and organizations,” according to TASS.
The bill does not mention any particular companies or countries. It specifies that the final decision in classifying mass media outlets as foreign agents should be made by the Justice Ministry. The ministry is also tasked with developing instructions regarding the obligatory marking of products released by mass-media outlets registered as foreign agents, and deciding whether it is necessary to maintain a separate register of such organizations.
Media outlets that refuse to register as foreign agents would face sanctions similar to those applied to NGOs and other groups, which are currently regulated by the original foreign-agents law.
One of the key sponsors of the new bill, Deputy Duma Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy (United Russia) called the motion “a forced decision that would not affect the freedom of speech in any way.”
“We are talking about an opportunity for the executive-power bodies to take mirror measures against countries that are infringing upon Russian journalists’ freedom of action and expression,” RIA Novosti quoted Tolstoy as saying.
Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, approved of the newly passed bill on Wednesday. “Any attempts to attack the freedom of Russian mass media abroad are not and will not be left without resolute denunciation and a mirror reaction from Moscow. The approved bill will make it possible to express our reaction in due time,” he said.
Russian lawmakers began to draft the legislative measures after the US Department of Justice ordered RT America to register as a foreign agent before November 13, threatening to freeze the company’s assets and arrest its head if it did not comply. On November 10, RT America (officially registered as T & R Productions LLC) filed as a foreign agent with the US Department of Justice.
The original Russian Foreign Agents Law, introduced in late 2012, obliges all NGOs that receive funding from abroad and are engaged in political activities to register as foreign agents or risk substantial fines. In November 2014, the law was expanded by a bill making it illegal for Russian political parties to receive sponsorship from, or enter into any business deals with, NGOs that have “foreign-agent” status.
Many rights groups in Russia and abroad protested against the move, saying it would jeopardize their existence, and complained about ‘loose definitions’ in the original document. In mid-2016, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that defined the term “political activity of non-governmental organizations” and exempted charity groups receiving funding from abroad from having to register as foreign agents.
Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find – Eric Schmidt.
RT.com 20 Nov, 2017 19:58
Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the company will “engineer” specific algorithms for RT and Sputnik to make their articles less prominent on the search engine’s news delivery services.
“We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt said during a Q & A session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday, when asked about whether Google facilitates “Russian propaganda.”
“We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent that [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we don’t want to ban the sites – that’s not how we operate.”
The discussion focused on the company’s popular Google News service, which clusters the news by stories, then ranks the various media outlets depending on their reach, article length and veracity, and Google Alerts, which proactively informs subscribers of new publications.
RT has criticized the proposed move – whose timescale has not been publicized – as arbitrary and a form of censorship.
“Good to have Google on record as defying all logic and reason: facts aren’t allowed if they come from RT, ‘because Russia’ – even if we have Google on Congressional record saying they've found no manipulation of their platform or policy violations by RT,” Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement.
During the discussion, Schmidt claimed that he was “very strongly not in favor of censorship,” but said that he has faith in “ranking” without acknowledging if the system might serve the same function. Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001, said that the company’s algorithm was capable of detecting “repetitive, exploitative, false, and weaponized” info, but did not elaborate on how these qualities were determined.
The Alphabet chief, who has been referred to by Hillary Clinton as a “longtime friend,” added that the experience of “the last year” showed that audiences could not be trusted to distinguish fake and real news for themselves.
“We started with the default American view that ‘bad’ speech would be replaced with ‘good’ speech, but the problem found in the last year is that this may not be true in certain situations, especially when you have a well-funded opponent who is trying to actively spread this information,” he told the audience.
Schmidt advised Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign on digital operations, and offered the same services to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2015, according to several emails from campaign chairman John Podesta’s private account, published by WikiLeaks last October.
On election night 2016, Schmidt was spotted at the Clinton campaign headquarters with a “staff” badge, according to a photo submitted to Politico.
RT America registered under FARA earlier this month, after being threatened by the US Department of Justice with arrests and confiscations of property if it failed to comply. The broadcaster is fighting the order in court.
Google’s initiative will have a direct impact on “freedom of speech and thought” in the US, believes Prof. Dan Kovalik, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
“It is a form of censorship, and the idea is to lead readers away from RT content. And it will have an impact on the discourse in this country,” Kovalik told RT. “When [you start] censoring anyone, they are going to censor everyone, and I think everyone in the US should be appalled by this and very concerned.”
Google is dancing to the tune of the US government as part of the broader campaign to demonize Russia, political commentator and TV host Steve Malzberg told RT.
“This is all about the fact that Russia is right now the enemy. Russia has been made the enemy by the left, the Democrats and, by definition, the media. The media has been nonstop for a year now about ‘evil Russia.’ Anything associated with the ‘evil Russia’ will incur the wrath of the government,” Malzberg said. “It is because they have been called in before Congress and because of this witch hunt that is going on... They don’t want to risk the wrath of Congress, and that is the problem.”
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Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 27, 2017 11:52:33 GMT -5
Putin signs Russia's ‘foreign agents’ media law.
RT.com 25 Nov, 2017 14:55
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law which will allow authorities to brand certain foreign media outlets as “foreign agents.”
Under the new law, any media outlet operating in Russia and funded by a foreign state may be designated a foreign agent by the Justice Ministry. The bill was first introduced to the State Duma, the lower house, and adopted by MPs earlier this month.
On Wednesday, the upper house overwhelmingly supported the legislation. The new document introduces amendments to two federal laws on information and media in Russia.
Any foreign media entity “regardless of its organizational and legal form, might be considered as functioning as a foreign agent if it receives funds and/or any other assets from foreign states, foreign governmental organizations, international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship,” the document stipulates. The law also covers foreign media operating through authorized persons or Russian legal entities that in turn are financed through foreign sources.
Such media will then fall under a Russian law on NGOs operating as foreign agents; they are obliged to file regular reports on their funding and activities or face legal action if they fail to do so. The changes come into force on Saturday.
The measure follows a decision by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) that forced a company servicing RT America to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Having been threatened by US authorities with legal action and freezing of the company's assets if it failed to comply, RT America met the set deadline and filed for registration as a ‘foreign agent’ earlier this month.
Washington’s move has made Moscow and a number of international experts question freedom of speech in the US, and forced retaliatory measures from Russian authorities. Following the adoption of the draft law by the State Duma, the Justice Ministry has sent letters to a number of US-funded news outlets operating in Russia under Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, warning them of the possibility that they will need registration as foreign agents.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 27, 2017 13:45:19 GMT -5
Google assures Russia media watchdog it won’t change search algorithm to ‘re-rank’ RT, Sputnik.
RT.com 27 Nov, 2017 15:05
Google has written a letter to Russia’s media watchdog saying despite Eric Schmidt’s recent comments about “de-ranking” RT and Sputnik, he referred only to “efforts to improve search quality.” The company claimed it doesn’t “re-rank” individual websites.
On November 18, when asked during a Q&A session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada about whether Google facilitates “Russian propaganda,” the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said that the global tech giant is planning to change its algorithm and “de-rank” RT and Sputnik to make their articles harder to find. Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor demanded explanations from Google, asking it to clarify its understanding of the term “ranking” regarding the media outlets.
On Monday, the watchdog published Google’s reply to its request signed by Nicklas Berild Lundblad, Google’s vice-president of Public Policy and Government Relations Europe, Middle East and Africa. The letter apparently dismissed Schmidt’s statement, claiming that no particular websites are to be targeted.
“We’d like to inform you that by speaking about ranking of web-sources, including websites of Russia Today and Sputnik, Dr. Eric Schmidt was referring to Google's ongoing efforts to improve search quality. We don’t change our algorithm to re-rank individual websites," the letter published by Roskomnadzor said.
The watchdog said in a statement, citing its deputy head Vadim Subbotin, that it was going to monitor if there are changes to the way Russian media’s news appears in the search to dismiss any possible doubts within the Russian community.
RT America was forced by the US Department of Justice to register under FARA earlier this month. The broadcaster is currently fighting the order in court. The DoJ’s move made a number of international experts question freedom of speech in the US and triggered retaliatory measures from Moscow.
Russia subsequently introduced a law which will allow authorities to brand certain media outlets funded by foreign states as “foreign agents.” The new legislation was signed by the president on Saturday.
Hungary summons US envoy over plan to fund rural media outlets.
RT.com 15 Nov, 2017 09:56
Hungary’s Foreign Ministry has summoned US envoy David Kostelancik over a plan to fund rural media outlets in Hungary, Reuters said. Budapest considers the plan to be a “political intervention” ahead of an election due early next year. The United States said on Monday that it would allocate $700,000 to fund rural media outlets in Hungary to help train and equip journalists in defense of independent media. The US program offers technical and financial assistance to media outlets, small grants and other tools. The funds can be used after the election in May 2018.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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To Ms. Yuliya Ryaskina Please place this email to concerning Managemen
Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5