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Bombshell: RT Bank Accounts Blocked in UK – Editor-in-Chief

Monday, October 17, 2016 6:38
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17 Oct, 2016

RT UK’s bank accounts have been blocked, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan reported. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova reacted, saying it seems that in leaving the EU, London also left any freedom of speech obligations behind there.

“Our accounts in Britain have been blocked. All of them. ‘Decision not to be discussed’. Hail to freedom of speech!” RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said on her Twitter account.

Нам закрыли счета в Британии. Все счета. ‘Решение пересмотру не подлежит’. Да здравствует свобода слова!

— Маргарита Симоньян (@M_Simonyan) October 17, 2016

The National Westminster Bank has informed RT UK that it will no longer have the broadcaster among its clients. The bank provided no explanation for the decision.

“We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities,” NatWest said in a letter to RT’s London office.

READ MORE: UK freezes bank account of Russian news agency, gives no reason

The bank said that the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part, would refuse to service RT.

The letter said the decision was final and that it is “not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it.”

The RT press office pointed out that NatWest is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which counts the UK government as a significant shareholder.

“This decision is incomprehensible, and without warning. It is however, not at odds with the countless measures that have been undertaken in the UK and Europe over the last few years to ostracize, shout down, or downright impede the work of RT. RT UK will continue its operations uninterrupted,” RT press office stated.

“We have no idea why it happened, because neither yesterday nor the day before yesterday, nor a month ago, nothing special happened to us, nobody threatened us in any way. Hypothetically, this may have something to do with new British and American sanctions against Russia, which may be announced soon. It may not. Our legal department is dealing with the issue now,” Margarita Simonyan told RBK business news website.

READ MORE: Spanish bank blocks payment to RT over EU sanctions against non-related media chief

Commenting on the development, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said it indicated that “Britain on its way out of the EU abandoned all its commitments to protect the freedom of speech.”

“I sincerely hope that there’s no political motive for this, because we know that the British government isn’t happy with RT in Britain,” publisher Marcus Papadopoulos told RT.

“RT has a lot of viewers in Britain. Many British people now tune in to RT to receive information on major topics around the world, including in Britain. And many British people believe that the alternative accounts that RT puts forward and covers are more truthful than what they’re hearing from, for example, Sky News.

“If no bank in Britain would allow RT to be a customer, then that could spell the end of RT broadcasting in Britain, which would be a catastrophic event for freedom of speech in Britain,” he added.

“It seems more than a coincidence that this has taken place at a time when the anti-Russian propaganda has been ramped up to unprecedented levels,” writer John Wight told RT. “This reflects the extent to which the West is losing the information war. RT plays a key role in challenging the narrative of the West and Western media when it comes to events in Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East.”




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  • VirusGuard

    The BBC cannot compete with the truth and they already got the bankers puppets at Ofcom to ban PressTV because it only takes a phone call and a few brown envolopes from bankers and anything can be done.

    Nice to be told in a democracy just what you can and cannot see when it comes to the news, Hitler would be proud of our current government who are living on borrowed time as it is.

  • C.C. Forche

    The Bible does not say money is the root of all of evil… it says “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Tim 6;10 Money is pretend..we made it up. It is no different than Monopoly money or children’s play money. We collectively choose to value it and so we think it is real. So many of us are willing to accept our own destruction over something we made is pretend. We are addicted to “feeling right”. Since we have been fooled and defined our lives by money, surely it must be real… its got to be important…right? Money is not a living thing. It has no energy. It cannot decide good or bad. A chair, a rock nor any inanimate thing can choose anything especially thoughts/emotions/spirituality. We choose evil…humans do//look around. Money is all ours. If all humans died tomorrow, money would no longer exist period..It is our own self inflicted curse. I am C.C. Forche author of the Christian book of arguments w/666 decoded in 9 languages and 5 alphabets…what are those odds?

    • Bradley Dueringer

      Being a cynic, I really believe that given enough money, 95% of the current American population is so corupted by constant TV viewing that they would murder their own mother.

      Since Satanists run the west, their brainwashed citizens have become worshippers of mammon.

      If you have shelter, a comfortable place to sit and sleep, fellowship and good health. ….more money really can’t do much. People use it as a salve against stress, real or imagined and they use it to fortify their ego. …….”look at me”….”look what I own”……

      We have adult children everywhere I look

  • YellowRoseTx51

    Since Azurite press owns all of the “MSM”, including UK’s stations, it would be Rothschild shutting them down. He an Oppenheimer, and Warburg, and another own the “Crown” which is the main brit bank that owns all the other banks, as well. The other alternative, is that the Executive Branch (queen or Li) gave the order to pull them. Either way, its a massively open move. Gloves are off and they don’t care who sees them now.

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