A thoroughly government-owned bank is ending all RT bank accounts without explanation or appeal. Who’s next?
The plight of RT bank accounts proves that free speech is meaningless when the government controls finances.
BBC News reports,
NatWest bank is to close the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster, RT.
Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to review.’ Praise be to freedom of speech!”
The bank said the decision was “not taken lightly” and that the accounts were “still operative” at present.
An MP from Russia’s ruling party has said its parliament will demand an explanation from the UK.
RT says the entire Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group, of which NatWest is part, is refusing to provide its services.
The broadcaster, previously known as Russia Today, says NatWest wrote to its London office saying: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”
During my childhood, Soviet Russia figured predominately in discussions of Biblical prophecy (I have long since dropped that way of understanding how the Bible speaks about our future). So I find it ironic that RT is on the receiving end of treatment that seems like it comes out of the book of Revelation:
Also it [the Beast] causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
On paper, RT has the same rights as any other media entity. But when the government has so many ways to reach us and hurt us, there are no real rights. We can all be singled out and punished by the regime if the regime want to obstruct what we’re doing or punish us for it.
Right now, the Obama-Hillary international cult is dead set on overthrowing any secular regimes left in the Middle East and opening borders everywhere. RT has exposed a great deal of the hypocrisy and violence involved in siding with Al Qaeda terrorists against Syria and Russia.
All this is also involved in the regime’s hatred of Donald Trump.
If you think this kind of naked power move is going to stay on the other side of the Atlantic, enjoy your fantasy while you can. I’m sure American elites are planning their next move as soon as they measure the reaction in Britain.
This doesn’t mean I “trust” RT or share their general viewpoint. I don’t. Most of the shows on RT America are far too leftist for me to enjoy. But they are a legitimate news source and often more accurate than the Western mainstream media.
And if they are beaten by a financial attack, the government will move on to destroy other alternative media.