Regulation of the media is in clear need of fresh thinking | Paul Chadwick

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The absurdity of Ofcom investigating possible state bias in RT’s coverage of the Salisbury attack begs larger questions

In these times of Russian meddling in democracies’ information environments and an authoritarian government in Russia hostile to media freedom, it would be a satisfying irony if Russia were to contribute indirectly to regulatory reform leading to greater media freedom in the UK.

The thought occurred last week when Ofcom, the UK broadcasting regulator, opened seven new investigations into “the due impartiality of RT news and current affairs programmes”. The licence under which RT broadcasts in the UK is held by TV Novosti, an entity controlled by the Russian state.

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