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Russian Foreign Ministry denounces ‘aggression’ that aims to ‘silence’ RT after YouTube bans two German-language channels

YouTube’s censorship of two German-language RT channels is part of ongoing ‘aggression’ against the outlet with both tacit and overt approval from Berlin, and will be met with reprisals, the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned.

The Google-owned video platform deleted RT DE and Der Fehlende Part (DFP) channels on Tuesday, saying they attempted to circumvent a ‘community guidelines’ strike for ‘medical misinformation’ in four videos.

Describing the move as “an act of unprecedented information aggression” and “obvious manifestation of censorship and suppression of freedom of expression,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said YouTube acted “with obvious connivance, if not at the insistence,” of German authorities.

While hoping that Tuesday’s action isn’t a media version of Barbarossa – the code name given to the Nazi Germany’s 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union – Moscow said that it was particularly cynical, considering September 28 is the UN-designated international day for universal access to information.

The ministry pointed out that Germany has subjected the Russian broadcaster to “many years of harassment, including blocking bank accounts, defamation” and more, and said the purpose of the aggressive act was to “silence the sources of information that do not fit the media landscape the German officialdom is comfortable with.”

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan described YouTube’s censorship as a media war against Russia, and said Moscow ought to sanction German outlets as well as the Google-owned platform.

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