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EU Adopted Resolution on Russian Media in 'Panic' After US Election Outcome

© AP Photo / Evan VucciRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles during a town hall, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Va.
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The European Parliament’s resolution against Russian media is a result of the panic among European establishment after Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica told Sputnik on Thursday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on countering Russian media outlets, such as the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster. As many as 304 voted in favor of the document, 179 voted against and 208 abstained. With a total of 691 officials taking part in the vote, less than half supported the resolution.

"If there was no such panic that occurs after a change of the master, who will apparently behave in a different way, I mean after the US elections, I would maybe accept the idea that they are really against someone who is telling the truth, and, according to their logic, becomes the center of propaganda. But the truth is not propaganda, with a few exceptions," Kusturica said.

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He added that the panic was caused due to lack of coordination between the new US political establishment and the former one headed by the Clinton family and George Soros.

The EU parliament's resolution said that Sputnik and RT posed a danger to European unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects. It also draws parallel between Russian media and the propaganda disseminated by the Islamic State, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia.

Kusturica stressed that the idea of comparing RT and Sputnik to Daesh lacked a significant part, describing the origins of the IS.

"The idea to compare two young and high-quality media with Daesh lacks the part telling who really created the extremist organization — West, East, or whether it is a self-sufficient organization?" Kusturica added.

Sputnik responded to adoption of the resolution by calling the move a direct violation of media freedom and human rights, while Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the matter by pointing out that the document indicates a degradation of democracy in the West. Praising Sputnik and RT for their work, the president expressed hope that real media restrictions would not follow.

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