zerohedge.com / by Tom Luego via PlanetFreeWeil.com / Nov 24, 2016 10:35 AM
The EU Parliament has approved a Polish MP’s bill to counter Russian news sources’ “propaganda.” Among those listed are RT and Sputnik news agency. This is yet another example of push-back from Western elites over the loss of the U.S. presidency and potential thawing of Russian / European relations under a Trump administration.
The vote passed with less than a majority of the EU Parliament’s 691 members, thanks to 208 abstentions. The bill garnered only 304 votes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chided the EU on the matter reminding everyone about how Europe regularly “lectures” Russia on democracy while going out of their way to not actually engage in any of it.
Remember it is European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who famously said in 2015,
“There can be no democratic choice against the European treaties.”
According to RT, the bill itself is based on a report which sought to counteract third party propaganda.
Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to “distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyze the decision-making process, discredit the EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens.” (emphasis mine)