BELGRADE – The refusal of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to give comments to the Russian media group Rossiya Segodnya amid restrictions to media freedom in the European Union means that the organization does not really seek to protect journalists, Sputnik news agency’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, RSF Germany press officer Christoph Dreyer told Sputnik that the board of RSF, an organization claiming to defend press freedom, has decided to no longer give interviews to the Russian media group Rossiya Segodnya after Sputnik contacted RSF for the organization’s comments on the European Parliament’s resolution to counter Russian media.
“Reporters Without Borders is no longer pretending they protect journalists around the world and finally admitted that they protect journalists from their little world,” Simonyan told Sputnik.
Earlier, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution based on the report “EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties”, countering Russian media outlets, such as Sputnik and RT.
Authors of the document equate counteracting Russia with the resistance to Daesh terrorist group and call on EU member states to boost financing counter-propaganda projects.