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Russian media RT, Sputnik face EU ban as ‘tools of war’ in Ukraine invasion

By Matthew Newman
  • 02 Mar 2022 11:59
  • 02 Mar 2022 11:59
Russian state broadcasters Russia Today and Sputnik can be blocked across the EU after a decision by the bloc's governments that they are “tools of war” being used in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The EU's 27 member states will be empowered to impose fines on media distributors — either television broadcasters or cable and

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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