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Parliamentary questions
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2 March 2022
Question for written answer  E-000860/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Hélène Laporte (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Banning Russia Today and Sputnik

The President of the Commission has announced a ban on two media outlets, Russia Today and Sputnik, as part of the third raft of European sanctions against Russia.

The Commission has chosen to use the sanctions regime as the legal framework for this ban.

The regime is based on a Council Regulation adopted on 18 September 2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine.

The EU has therefore not based its decision on shortcomings identified at the media outlets concerned.

The Commission is now in close contact with national regulators to ensure that the ban on Russian media outlets is enforced quickly.

1. What is the legal basis in the sanctions regime that makes it possible to introduce a broadcasting ban on two media outlets that are subject to regulators in the individual Member States?

2. How does the Commission intend to deal with the fact that these outlets are accessible online via their websites or via satellite?

3. Has the Commission assessed, with proportionality in mind, what retaliatory action Russia could take, including banning France 24 and Radio France Internationale in Russia and expelling their journalists?

Original language of question: FR
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