Ofcom (the Office of Communications) is the government broadcasting regulator. It pretends to regulate broadcasting for the greater good, which is drivel of course. It’s part of the apparatus of ensuring that verboten opnions are kept from the peons.
RT (Russia Today) launched a specific UK operation last November, and it’s been harrassed constantly by Ofcom since, suffering six investigations. The latest one accuses RT of airing “anti-Western” views:
Russia Today is to be investigated by media regulator Ofcom over anti-western comments in a late-night discussion on Ukraine – its sixth ongoing inquiry into the Kremlin-backed news channel following complaints by viewers.
The regulator, which threatened Russia Today, or RT, with statutory sanctions after repeated breaches of broadcasting regulations on impartiality last year, faces a new investigation over its Crosstalk programme broadcast on 23 December last year.
RT cannot comment, because it’s been barred from doing so by the government regulator, the one which has set out to protect us against hearing “anti-Western” views.
I’m not surprised at all. All governments hate the idea of even a thin sliver of genuine liberty remaining anywhere. All must be within its grasp and regulated – for the greater good of course. I’d just prefer that it stops lecturing others about press freedoms when it controls a regime which proscribes such freedoms at home.