RT, originally Russia Today, is a television network funded by the Government of Russia. It operates cable and satellite television channels directed to audiences outside of Russia as well as providing Internet content in various languages, including Russian.
RT International, based in Moscow, presents around-the-clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, debates, sports news, and cultural programmes about Russia. RT operates as a multilingual service with conventional channels in three languages: the original English language channel was launched in 2005, the Rusiya Al-Yaum Arabic language channel in 2007, and the Spanish language channel in 2009.
RT America (since 2010) and RT UK (since 2014) offer some locally based content for those countries.
Liz Wahl, a correspondent and anchor for the RT US from 2011 to 2014 resigned on air and denounced the station, alleging systematic anti-Western bias. She then joined the Institute for Statecraft, in which capacity she wrote for Stopfake that “there was constant pressure from the top to deviate from accuracy to deliver an anti-American and anti-Western narrative.”
Integrity Initiative Leak
- Full article: Integrity Initiative Leak
RT showed considerable interest in the Integrity Initiative Leak, and reported on the pronounced Western commercially-controlled media's disinterest in the topic.
On 17 October 2016, Britain's National Westminster Bank (NatWest), which is part of RBS Group, informed RT UK that it was going to close all of RT's bank accounts, without explanation. Although the British government is the Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s majority shareholder, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office denied any involvement. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that the decision had not been taken by the bank independently:
- “It’s as clear as day that this decision was not made by the bank. And not any other bank – banks don’t make such decisions on their own,” he said. “I believe an old saying is appropriate here: don’t treat others the way you don’t wish to be treated yourself.”
A petition to NatWest started by Oliver Tickell, editor of The Ecologist magazine, which sought to have Russia Today's UK's bank accounts reinstated, soon exceeded one thousand signatures.
On 18 October 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported that NatWest was backtracking on freezing RT's bank account apparently because "Moscow responded to the threat by claiming it would freeze the BBC's finances in Russia and report Britain to international watchdogs such as the OSCE for violating Russia's right to freedom of speech."
Censorship by RT
It may be instructive to note that some material is removed from the Russia Today website.
A September 2011 report noted that Vladimir Putin had claimed that the suggestion that the US intelligence agencies were involved in the 9/11 attacks was "complete nonsense". By March 1, 2015, this had been removed from their website.
Truthseeker E30 & E21
The RT site produced a video series, "The Truthseeker", archives of which were available online. Two episodes however, Episode 30, "Who Has Nukes in the Middle East?", and Episode 21 "Americas Next Colonies Part 2" though available on YouTube, were no longer available from RT.com as of 1 March 2015.
UK independent journalist Tony Gosling used to be a regular guest on Russia Today, but was dropped after criticism of Russia.
Censorship of RT
In November 2017, the US Department of Justice demanded that RT register under FARA as a "foreign agent".
|Liz Wahl||<nowiki>“while the few experienced journalists on the [[[RT]]] staff aimed to be fair and objective, there was constant pressure from the top to deviate from accuracy to deliver an anti-American and anti-Western narrative.”</nowiki>||Liz Wahl||8 March 2016|
Documents sourced from Russia Today
|Document:A New Islamic cult||interview||Syria|
|20 November 2013||Nadezhda Kevorkova|
|Insights into the Western (especially US-Israeli) agenda for Syria and the Middle East following the effective blocking of a Libya-style military intervention in Syria by Russia in the Summer of 2013.|
|Document:A new US puppet government for Ukraine||audio transcript||Victoria Nuland|
2014 Ukraine coup
|7 February 2014||Geoffrey Pyatt||Clear, unambiguous confirmation that the US runs the Ukrainian opposition and that what is going on in Ukraine in 2013-14 is US sponsored "Regime Change". This is how the US installs its puppet governments while feigning outrage at the terrorist violence it organises and provokes to do so".|
|Document:A new turf war with Strasbourg pushes Warsaw further down the road towards Polexit from the EU||Article||Poland|
European Court of Human Rights
|4 August 2021||Paul Nuttall||Will the schism between Poland and the European Union over legal differences eventually lead to "Polexit"?|
|Document:Britain’s delusions that it could take on the Taliban alone are ludicrous - what are our empire-nostalgic MPs smoking?||Article||Neoconservatism|
Cold War II
|19 August 2021||Tom Fowdy||The UK Parliament was recalled for an emergency debate over the Afghanistan/2021 withdraw. While the BBC focused on the divide between the sides of the house with their face mask wearing, Parliament was united against the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Most MPs are urging Boris Johnson to go back to Afghanistan, and take on the Taliban, alone if necessary.|
|Document:Douma ‘attack’ witnesses speak at Russia-called OPCW briefing at The Hague||Article||White Helmets|
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
|26 April 2018||Halil al-Jaish who tended to people at the Douma hospital that day, told the press conference that some of the patients had indeed experienced respiratory problems. The symptoms, however, were caused by heavy dust, which engulfed the area due to recent airstrikes, and no one showed any signs of chemical warfare poisoning.|
|Document:Is Fukushima's nuclear nightmare over? Don’t count on it||article||BBC/Propaganda|
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
|12 March 2016||Chris Busby||Update on the developing Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster and a good illustration of BBC use of "Experts" to present and give credibility to outrageous falsehoods in support of the "nothing to see here" propaganda of the nuclear industry.|
|Document:Labour & ‘anti-Semitism’: Real goal of establishment smear campaign is to deny socialists power||Article||"Antisemitism"|
Board of Deputies of British Jews
Equality and Human Rights Commission
|23 April 2019||Ken Livingstone||After three years of screaming headlines, the truth about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is finally revealed: just 0.08 percent of Labour’s half-a-million members have said or tweeted something anti-Semitic|
|Document:Larry Sanger is right, Wikipedia has become the establishment thought police - just look at my entry on there||Article||Wikipedia|
|12 July 2021||Eva Bartlett||Eva Bartlett in an op-ed for RT, writes about the problems with Wikipedia.|
|Document:Ratko Mladic Interview||interview||Serbia|
|26 August 2011||CNN|
|Document:Refugee crisis-Brought to you by Western Imperialism||article||2015 European refugee crisis||20 September 2015||André Vltchek||Home truths for European countries about their refugee crisis|
|Document:The real legacy of Chernobyl||article||Nuclear Industry|
|26 April 2016||Chris Busby||Suppressed information about the health risks of radiation 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster|
|Document:US bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defence||Article||Middle East|
|26 February 2021||Caitlin Johnstone||The US can bomb who it likes, whenever it likes, and when it does it is only ever doing so in self-defence, because the entire planet is the property of Washington DC. It can seize control of entire clusters of nations, and if any of those nations resist in any way, they are invading America’s sovereignty.|
|Document:Vladimir Putin Interview||interview||"War on Terror"|
2011 Syrian Insurgency
|5 September 2013||Vladimir Putin||Press interview with Vladimir Putin ahead of the September 2013 G20 meeting in St Petersburg|
|Document:Western focus on delegitimizing Syria election||article||Syria|
2011 Syrian Insurgency
|4 June 2014||Sharmine Narwani||Ascerbic commentary on the attitudes and reporting of the western media on the June 2014 presidential election in Syria|
|Document:Why is disgraced MI6 author of the dodgy Trump-Russia dossier involved in a controversial group seeking harsh Covid restrictions?||Article||Christopher Steele|
Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies
|24 July 2021||Kit Klarenberg||Christopher Steele, the Russiagate spook is involved in lobbying for more lockdowns in the UK.|
|Document:Will Geneva talks lead right back to Assad’s 2011 reforms?||article||2011 Syrian Insurgency||10 February 2016||Sharmine Narwani||Informed speculation that the Geneva conference on Syria will produce a result that could have been had 4 years earlier and before the loss of some 250,000 lives, countless refugees and massive infrastructure destruction.|
|Document:Would-be German chancellor Scholz jumps the gun on EU expansion eastward, which may provoke more states to follow the UK and exit||Article||Russia|
Cold War II
2021 German parliamentary election
|15 August 2021||Paul Nuttall||Olaf Scholz is a possible candidate for Chancellor of Germany at the September 2021 German parliamentary election. He has warned Russia to expect further European integration and expansion into Eastern Europe. Will this encourage more countries to follow the UK and leave the European Union?|
|Document:‘No slither of evidence’ against Russia over Skripal attack, George Galloway tells RT||Video||Theresa May|
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
|28 March 2018||George Galloway||George Galloway concludes: "The OPCW, which is currently examining samples of the nerve agent used against the Skripals, will presumably be lent upon to obfuscate the outcome. No one will ever know the truth.”|
|Document:‘What about the Israeli army killing unarmed Palestinian civilians’||Article||"Antisemitism"|
|27 April 2018||Ken Loach||Ken Loach asked the Belgian prime minister: “Mr Michel is a lawyer, did he wonder about Israel’s failure to comply with international law? Has he asked the question of colonisation of the Palestinian territories? Has he asked the question of unarmed Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli army? Has he asked the question of refugees living under the protection of the United Nations?"|