‘No sane person’ believes in ‘freedom of speech’ in the West, RT editor-in-chief says as YouTube censors German-language channels | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

‘No sane person’ believes in ‘freedom of speech’ in the West, RT editor-in-chief says as YouTube censors German-language channels

RT is awaiting Moscow’s response to YouTube’s decision to delete RT's German-language channels, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan has said, adding that the move was no surprise amid Berlin’s campaign against the news outlet.

The purportedly permanent removal of the two YouTube channels, RT DE and Der Fehlende Part, followed a broad campaign against RT’s operations waged by German media and government officials, Simonyan insisted on Wednesday. The effort stemmed from the rapid audience growth the now-defunct channels have enjoyed, she believes.

“Before the removal of our channels, German media has been publishing scary stories about German-language RT getting way too influential, way too big,” she said. “According to their own estimates, we’re in the fourth place in terms of influence in Germany, we’re – we were, now – ahead of such giants as German-language Deutsche Welle [Berlin's state-run international broadcaster]. No one expected that, we ourselves did not think we’d accomplish it that fast.”

RT has faced multiple hostile moves from German authorities, including denial of a license to broadcast and the scaring away of banks from working with the channel, Simonyan added. Berlin also apparently pressed neighboring Luxembourg into denying RT a license, multiple reports by German media have indicated.

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