Russian propaganda channel RT Frances goes bankrupt
Russian propaganda channel RT France (Photo:Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
The Commercial Court of France has officially declared Russian propaganda television channel RT France (Russia Today) bankrupt, Politico reported on April 8.
RT France head Ksenia Fedorova confirmed the decision.
The channel had been subject to EU sanctions since launching its aggressive full-scale invasion of Ukraine and was blocked by the French government earlier this year. RT France will be liquidated, and all employees will be laid off in the coming days, said Fedorova.
“The Nanterre court has decided to liquidate RT France - a media outlet that has been unpopular with Emmanuel Macron since its launch and was subjected to EU sanctions a year ago as a precautionary measure due to the conflict in Ukraine,” she said.
In March of last year, the EU banned Russian state-owned media, including Sputnik and RT, formerly known as Russia Today, from broadcasting in Europe after Russia’s full-scale attack of Ukraine. The sanctions, however, did not prevent the media from creating content, reported Politico.
The Russian propaganda channel continued to create, publish, and broadcast materials in 2022, increasingly targeting audiences in French-speaking African countries.
The French government blocked the bank accounts of RT France in early 2023 following the EU’s decision to freeze the media company’s assets.
Russian propagandists announced in January 2023 that the channel had stopped broadcasting in France.
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