Emmanuel Macron’s campaign denied press access and passes to two prominent Russian media, RT and Sputnik on Thursday. Macron’s campaign team accused them of spreading ‘propaganda’ and ‘misleading information.’
“It (RT) is not just a news outlet like the others,” a source in the Macron campaign told the Daily Beast on Monday, “it is a propaganda organ. Therefore we have decided not to give it accreditation.”
“RT has not received an official reason for its exclusion from the Macron presidential campaign. We hope that his team will see fit to afford the courtesy of accreditation to RT shortly, and not attempt to curtail journalism, and manipulate the media, by selecting who can and can’t report on his campaign”, said RT in response.
In February, Macron’s campaign spokesman accused Russia of ‘mounting a smear campaign’ via its media against the presidential candidate. Earlier this week, the mainstream media published information linking Russia with cyberattacks against Macron, though no concrete evidence was provided to back up the claims.
Moscow, however, has denied any involvement in French election, and refused to endorse any candidate. Germany, the European Union, as well as former U.S. President Barack Obama publicly endorsed Emmanuel Macron.
Macron, former economy minister in the socialist government, is supportive of European integration, as well as the current European sanctions against Russia. Le Pen, on the other hand, publicly criticized EU sanctions, and also supported Russian actions in Crimea.
Macron and Le Pen will face each other in the run-off on May 7.
Source: France 24