Ukraine uncovers clandestine RT provider, shuts it down
Pirate ISP let Ukraine see RT
Ukraine’s Reporters Without Borders freedom of the press rating for 2017 was at 101st place, after such countries as Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Madagascar, Kyrgyzstan. We await with interest its rating for 2018! From this morning’s Novorossia:
The SBU suppressed the broadcasting of RT in the Vinnitsa region of Ukraine.
The staff of the Security Service of Ukraine, together with the cyber police department, uncovered an Internet provider in the Vinnitsa region, providing access to banned Russian TV channels for broadcast in Ukraine.
“Intelligence agents established that a private enterprise, without a license from the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting, provided its subscribers with the IPTV software service. Among the TV channels offered to viewers were Russian propaganda channels banned for broadcasting in Ukraine, in particular Russia Today,” the press service of the SBU reports.
The operatives also documented the retransmission by the provider of a number of television channels without corresponding agreements with the owners of copyright and related rights. As a result, they suffered damage in the amount of several hundred thousand hryvnia.
Recall that in May, the SBU officers searched the Kiev edition of RT. On May 9, the SBU signed a decree on the expulsion of Valentina Solovieva and Olga Yuryeva, correspondents of the First and Russia-1 TV channels, from the territory of Ukraine.
On March 17, Ukraine expelled Russia 24 correspondent Natalya Goncharova from the country, banning her from entering Ukraine for three years.
On August 30, 2017, they expelled Russian Channel One correspondent Anna Kurbatova from Ukraine with a three-year entry ban.
On August 15, the Ukrainian authorities decided to expel from the territory of the country the special correspondent of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Tamara Nersesyan.
On April 26 last year, it became known that in the new freedom of speech rating from Reporters Without Borders, Ukraine ranked 102 out of 180 after such countries as Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Madagascar, Kyrgyzstan.