Berlin appears to be ready to go to great lengths in its crackdown on RT’s new 24-hour, German-language channel, including diminishing a major international treaty.
Tensions have been high since RT DE went on air from its studio in Moscow last week, much to the displeasure of certain political circles and mainstream media in Germany. Just hours after the launch, YouTube deleted the channel’s page, saying it was created in violation of earlier restrictions that had been placed on the outlet.
- What happened to RT DE?
Despite RT DE obtaining a license in Serbia, which – just like Germany – is a signatory to the European Convention of Transfrontier Television (ECTT), German media regulator MABB (Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg) has launched a case against the broadcaster. The regulator claimed that RT DE is based in Germany and carries out broadcasts in the country without a proper license. It demanded that the outlet provide…