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Dutch organizations start lawsuit to block Russian state media

Several Dutch organizations are taking the Russian official media blockage to the European Court of Justice, according to NOS.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European leaders resolved that the Russian state channels RT and Sputnik should be blocked throughout the European Union.

Internet service providers, the Dutch Journalists Association (NVJ), the Press Freedom Fund, and civil liberties group Bits of Freedom all disagree.

The decision was taken “with fear and haste,” according to the groups. They also oppose government officials having the power to censor material on their own since it “affects the democratic constitutional state as a whole.”

BIT, MijnDomein, and A2B are the hosting and internet providers engaged. Large businesses like Ziggo and KPN aren’t taking part.

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