In the state Duma commented on the decision of Lithuania to ban the broadcasting of RT
The desire to ban the broadcasting of the TV channel with a large audience - a sign of an undemocratic state, said RIA Novosti member of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Elena Panina, commenting on the ban of broadcasting of TV channels of RT in Lithuania.
Earlier, the Lithuanian Commission on radio and television (LRTK) has banned the broadcast of five television channels RT in the country.
"The desire to muzzle the channel, the position of which gathers a broad audience, is a sign of an authoritarian, if not totalitarian society. No democracy is not even smell," - said Panin.
She noted that in 90-ies in Lithuania differed from the other Baltic States lack the political discrimination of the Russian-speaking population, which in the mass order were not revoked and are not recorded in "the invaders", as in neighboring Latvia and Estonia.
"But those days are long gone, and today the degree of Russophobia Lithuania is not just caught up, but even surpassed Baltic neighbors. It seems that the authorities of Lithuania was very upset that they could not prevent the RT before Latvia, where it has already happened, and took the time to do this before Estonia, where a similar ban is being discussed", - concluded Panin.
Last week the broadcasting channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV banned Latvia, having reasoned its decision by the fact that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions.
While Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today", while the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the ban on the broadcasting of the seven RT channels in Latvia is an outrageous and unauthorized step.
In early July, ironically Simonyan said in his Twitter that after Lithuania decided to prohibit the broadcasting channels RT followed by Latvia, it is worth waiting for when the campaign for the protection of its Arab and Hispanic population RT will be joined by Estonia.
Earlier, foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu said that the government is weighing the possibility on the example of Latvia to ban broadcasting of Russian TV channels in the country RT.
The authorities of the Baltic countries repeatedly obstructed the work of the Russian media. The Russian foreign Ministry stated with clear signs of a coordinated line of those States. Cases of harassment of the media in the Baltic countries, noted in the Russian Ministry, "demonstrate, which in practice are demagogic statements about the commitment of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to the principles of democracy and freedom of speech".