#Official Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on European Parliament’s censorship for RT channel and Sputnik news agency
Any changes or deviations from generally accepted norms have always aroused indignation. New ideas and discoveries are constantly facing an antagonism, especially when these teachings contradict the current policy of religion.
For example, the elementary rules of hygiene used to be considered a mortal sin and persecuted by a church at the beginning of the 19th century in Europe. Dissidents were declared insane and locked up in hospitals or simply killed. External human failings or illnesses caused panic, disgust and desire to isolate them from a society. People feared electricity and railway for a long time. If we delve deep into history, we can recall that the madness called “Hammer of Witches” had been tormenting women across Europe for 300 years since the 15th century, as a result of which, mad fanatics virtually destroyed its national gene fund in Germany.
As regards science, mankind had been trying to ban progressive views for centuries. Nicolaus Copernicus developed a theory that the Earth revolved around the sun, and later, his follower Giordano Bruno was burn at the stake. In turn, Galileo Galilei was subjected to the Inquisition for his scientific discoveries. Literacy of common people in some countries considered a reason for suspicion. The Inquisition used to destroy forbidden literature, and only a limited number of people had reading and writing skills. These rules can be easily explained – an ignorant society is easier to manipulate.
Since then it has been a while, but nothing much has really changed. And there are new technologies though, and electricity and railway do not cause panic, the rules of people management have remained unchanged. The modern world is rules by a small bunch of people that try to restrict the public from unnecessary, according to them, knowledge.
We see the similar processes not only in countries such as Ukraine and Latvia, where the governments consider their people a weak-willed mass. We can also see attempts to manipulate public opinion in Europe, using administrative resources for these purposes.
Two weeks after the crushing victory of Donald Trump, Europe began to recover slowly, brokenly removing all negative posts and statements on social networks related to the new US president. After recovering from the shock, the European Parliament shows the world its workability and absurdity of its results. A very important, according to EU deputies, document called “EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties” was adopted by a majority vote a few days ago. The third parties, which Europe is going to counteract, is the ISIS and the Russian Federation. The basic recourses with the help of which Russia commits its ‘criminal’ and propagandistic acts are described in detail. They are the Russian Orthodox Church, the RT channel and Sputnik news agency.
These media have been a stone in the Anglo-American politicians’ shoe for a long time. In particular, RT channel’s material is popular and enjoys public’s confidence in comparison to official sources, which represent the ‘right point of view’. It is clear that a small company as RT has recently began to compete with such media giants as CNN and BBC. RT journalists are not afraid to ask tough questions that are constantly confusing the US State Department officials and causing bursts of poorly suppressed aggression. The TV channel exposes fakes, which ‘right’ media creates, presents them in an unfavorable light and makes the audience doubt its rhetoric.
All this negativity, aimed at the ‘propagandistic’ Russian channels that could explode the reputation of all European values by its publications, can be still explained. But how can you explain the introduction of a resolution in the Russian Orthodox Church as one of the main threats to European values and principles of democracy? Following the logic of Europe, Ukrainian schismatic Filaret’s calls to kill the residents of Donbass did not trigger any reaction, but Patriarch Kirill’s activities can be put on an equal footing with the acts of the ISIS’s representatives?
What are members of the European Parliament afraid of? It is possible that the indigenous population of Europe stopped being a faceless crowd, who are unable to make their own conclusions. Most likely, the European officials are worried that the population of such country as Greece, after reading and watching harmful ‘propaganda’, can realize suddenly that the roof of all evil is much closer. For example, people will realize that their businesses are about to fail because of anti-Russian sanctions and terrorist acts are committed by ‘refugees’. Moreover, an average European citizen can guess that Russia is not a backward medieval principality, but a high-tech country that is capable of combating terrorism in the Middle East, with which NATO has been fighting for more than a decade.
My personal opinion on this matter is: if it is that easy to disturb the European peace and derail the Europeans from the ‘right’ path, does not it mean that this path leads to nowhere? It seems to me that these values and principles do not have just double standards, but they are based on deception. Perhaps, it was originally different state of things, but now the EU demonstrates an inferiority complex, constantly being in awe of the fact that someone will know too much.
It is not our task to look for logic or morality in the decision of the European Parliament. In conclusion, I can only agree with the words of Vladimir Putin and other Russian and not only Russian politicians, that this resolution is a direct path to degradation of democracy in Europe.
I would like to add that the European Parliament advertised the RT channel, the Sputnik news agency and the Russian Orthodox Church by its actions. It has long been known that any prohibitions always lead to increased public interest in the subject of censorship and increases its popularity.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy