Eutelsat slammed over Russian broadcasts
July 12, 2022
By Chris Forrester
André Lange, co-ordinator of the Denis Diderot Committee which campaigns against war propaganda, has said: “It’s not normal that a French satellite is used for war and incitement of genocide. Eutelsat should truly embrace neutrality and not just take one side.”
The comments were reported in the The Times newspaper, with claims that Eutelsat is still transmitting TV channels to some 15 million homes across Russia.
“Critics claim that it also blocks channels not controlled by the Kremlin from leasing space on some of its satellites, in effect preventing a large percentage of the population having access to ‘free and fair’ news content,” stated The Times.
In response, Eutelsat said that it upholds a strong commitment to neutrality and that the satellite operator is guided by the decisions of regulatory bodies; and that if regulations and sanctions changed it would end its broadcasts to Russia.