UK regulator says Russian TV channel RT could lose license over poisoning

Police officers stand guard at the bottom of the road where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal lives in Salisbury, England, Mar 13, 2018. (AP)
Updated 13 March 2018
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UK regulator says Russian TV channel RT could lose license over poisoning

LONDON: Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said Russian broadcaster RT could lose its UK license if Theresa May’s government determines that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England this month.
Ofcom has an ongoing duty to check that holders of broadcast licenses remain “fit and proper” to operate in Britain.
The regulator said it had written to ANO TV Novosti, the holder of RT’s UK broadcast licenses, to explain that, should Britain determine there was unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the UK, it would consider this relevant to the “fit and proper” test.
Ofcom said ANO TV Novosti was financed from the budget of the Russian Federation. Britain has given President Vladimir Putin until midnight on Tuesday to explain how a nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union was used to strike down Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, in the city of Salisbury.


Cartoon tribute to Christchurch attack victims praised on social media

Updated 19 March 2019
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Cartoon tribute to Christchurch attack victims praised on social media

  • Having not slept well in the wake of the atrocity, Campbell got the idea while lying in bed
  • The cartoon by Campbell, an award-winning artist, shows Muslims in the different stages of prayer

LONDON: A cartoon by Canberra Times artist Pat Campbell representing the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch terror attack depicted in the New Zealand “silver fern” has been praised widely on social media.
The cartoon by Campbell, an award-winning artist, shows Muslims in the different stages of prayer. His original which had 49 figures represented, published on Saturday March 16, was later updated by the artist himself to reflect the 50 lives lost.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, he said: “I was thinking of the silver fern and thinking the pinnae (the individual bits coming off the stem) looked like figures, a similar number to the number of victims.”

The artist added that he owns land just outside the city and has friends in Christchurch, which prompted him to produce the artwork.
Having not slept well in the wake of the atrocity, Campbell got the idea while lying in bed.
“There were a lot of silhouettes to draw,” Campbell said. “They just kept coming. It brought home to me the death toll and the destruction one man can do with the right weapons.”