Dutch coalition challenges EU ‘censorship’ of Russian media – EURACTIV.com
A Dutch coalition filed a petition on Tuesday asking the EU Court of Justice to review sanctions imposed by Brussels on Russian state media like Russia Today and Sputnik.
The Dutch coalition, which includes the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) and civil rights organization Bits of Freedom, jointly filed the petition on Tuesday (24 May).
On March 2, the EU imposed sanctions on Russian state media in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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The Freedom of Information Coalition (FOIC) believes that the suspension of Russian state media was carried out “hastily”.
“It raises questions about our rule of law and what we stand for as a society,” they said, the NL Times reported.
The signatories argue that the decision to enforce the ban was political and took place without judicial review. Such decisions should be up to independent judges, not the government, they added.
“It was a political decision, without judicial review,” Bits of Freedom adviser Rejo Zenger told the NL Times. “The decision to make information inaccessible should not rest with our heads of government but with independent judges.”
Although the coalition recognizes that these media outlets are not objective, it argues that censorship is not the solution. General Secretary Thomas Bruning of the NVJ said that “disinformation should not be fought by censorship in a state of law”.