RT is a Russian international television network funded by the Russian government. The idea behind Russia Today is to provide a Russian point of view on major global events.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry recently called Russia’s international news channel Russia Today a “Propaganda machine”.
The channel Russia Today was launched in 2005 under the name Russia Today to bring the Russian perspective on world events to a global audience. To counter channels like BBC World, CNN and Al-Jazeera. Almost ten years later it’s the biggest news organisation on YouTube with its 2 billion views, more than CNN and BBC together.
Where its critics call it a bullhorn for Russian propaganda, RT presents itself as an alternative to mainstream media.
In “The world according to RT” former employees, other journalists and media analysts dissect the RT modus operandi. What’s it like to work for the channel? How much influence does the Kremlin really have? And is it possible to discern between facts and opinion when the Russian interests are at stake?
This documentary comes out of a series of reports about the effect and influence of media on society published in 2015: ARGOS TV: MEDIALOGICA.
On the basis of concrete incidents, the difference between the reality and the image that the media paints from it is reconstructed and investigated, with the help of the stakeholders at the time and supported by archival material.
In this episode an investigation into the influence of the Kremlin on Russia’s international news channel Russia Today.
Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2015.
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Composition: Misja Pekel
Research: Luuk Mulder
Image: Pierre Rezus, Remco Bikkers
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Editor in chief: Marc Josten
A production of: Human, VPRO, HOS
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