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‘You’re not afraid of asking uncomfortable questions’: President Putin marks RT’s 15 years on air

‘You’re not afraid of asking uncomfortable questions’: President Putin marks RT’s 15 years on air
RT diversified the global news scene by keeping high professional standards and giving a platform to various, often inconvenient, opinions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, congratulating the broadcaster on its anniversary.

When RT aired its first program from its Moscow studios on December 10, 2005, “we couldn’t have imagined how drastically this project would change the global news agenda, how much more versatile and richer the channel would make it,” Putin said in his address.

Over 15 years, RT has grown from a single channel into a global multi-language news network, becoming “a voice which is trusted and respected” by millions of people in many countries around the globe, he added.

And, let’s be honest, it’s also the voice of the truth – the truth that many fear and would prefer to silence.

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Putin said he believes that RT’s success comes from its commitment to “the universal laws of fair, professional and free journalism.” The broadcaster rejects censorship and isn’t looking to claim “monopoly on the truth,” the president said.

You’re not afraid of asking uncomfortable questions and giving the floor to heated discussions with various – sometimes inconvenient – points of view.

The professionalism of RT’s crew will assure that its “voice will continue to be heard on all continents,” Putin said, wishing the broadcaster “steady growth, courage, audacity and success.”

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