German media regulator speaks out against local RT service – WSB-TV Channel 2

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BERLIN — (AP) — A German media regulator has ruled that Russian state broadcaster RT must stop airing its German-language programs in the country, saying it lacks the necessary permission.

Regulator ZAK, which adjudicates on applications from private organizations to broadcast nationwide in Germany, said on Tuesday that no application had been filed or granted for RT DE and that it had “no other permission legitimate under European law”.

RT DE began broadcasting its programs through various channels, including its website and satellite, in mid-December. He pointed to a Serbian license. German media regulators then opened proceedings.

RT DE said on Tuesday that its broadcast complied with European law and said its Serbian broadcasting license, granted on December 6, was valid until 2029. It said it would challenge the regulator’s decision in court.

There have been tensions between Germany and Russia over RT DE in recent months. In September, YouTube shut down two German RT channels in a move centered on alleged coronavirus misinformation, a move that prompted threats of retaliation from Russia.

Last year, Luxembourg rejected an application by RT for a license to distribute its German-language service via satellite. The country’s authorities have concluded that Luxembourg is not the right jurisdiction to rule on the claim because RT’s German service is based in Berlin and a significant part of its workforce is in Germany.

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