Romania has decided to ban Russia Today and Sputnik on Romanian territory. The measure is justified by limiting the sources of fake news and misinformation.
The chairman of the parliamentary Commission for the control of Romanian Intelligence Service activity, Senator Ioan Chirteș, said on February 28 that the decision of the Romanian Government to block Russian sites “is absolutely necessary“.
The Government’s announcement on the measures taken by the Romanian authorities to shut down certain sources of spreading false news and misinformation is welcome. Since the beginning of the military conflict in Ukraine, information aggression has also spread in Romania. The decision to ban sites that spread fake news in our country is a very important step. In the last few days, the Romanian officials have been fighting numerous false news items which appeared in the context of the conflict in Ukraine.Ioan Chirtes, Romanian Senator
Russia Today will no longer broadcast in Romania, and the other site of Russian propaganda, Sputnik, will be blocked as well. The lists of sites that will be blocked in Romania include: ru.md.sputniknews.ro, md.sputniknews.com, ro.md.sputniknews.com, profitsmall.com, yourincome.site, citeșteșitu.com, rtnews.ro, cloudx.ro.
I will continue to monitor the situation regarding the disinformation phenomenon in Romania, together with my parliamentary colleagues from the Control Commission. At the Commission, we constantly make sure that the decision-makers of the Romanian state receive relevant information promptly. I am glad to see the authorities are taking that action. Misinformation is one of the powerful weapons used by Russia in this senseless conflict because the truth does not justify their actions.Ioan Chirtes, Romanian Senator
The decision regarding the blocking of the Russian news site in Romania comes after the head of the European Commission announced the ban on Russia Today and Sputnik from across the European Union. Many EU countries have banned these news sites following misinformation caused by Russian propaganda about the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Through these measures, Romania joins the decisions made at the European level to confront increased information aggressions in the context of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine.