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Failures with honesty, the rigour of information and the diversity from the points of view: chain RT France formal notice

Publication date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Plenary assembly of June 27th, 2018

The Superior council of the audio-visual one,

Considering the law n° 86-1067 of the modified September 30th, 1986 relating to the freedom of communication, in particular its article 33-1;

Considering the convention concluded between the Superior council from audio-visual and company RT FRANCE on September 2nd, 2015, with regard to the service RT FRANCE, and in particular its articles 2-3-1, 2-3-6 and 4-2-1;

Considering the watching of the 11 hour old tv news of April 13th, 2018, primarily devoted to the Syrian situation, diffused by television service RT FRANCE;

Considering the observations transmitted to the Superior council of audio-visual on May 28th, May 31st and June 11th, 2018; 

Considering that under the terms of the stipulations of article 4-2-1 of the convention of September 2nd, 2015 the Superior council of audio-visual can put in residence company RT FRANCE, to respect the obligations which are imposed to him by this convention;  

Considering that under the second subparagraph of article 2-3-1 of the convention of the above mentioned September 2nd, 2015 relating to the pluralism of the currents of thought and opinion: “ The journalists, presenters, presenters or collaborators of antenna take care to respect an honest presentation of the questions lending to controversy and to ensure the expression from the various points of view ”; that article 2-3-6 relating to the honesty of information and the programs provides in particular that: “ The requirement for honesty applies to the whole of the programs (…). It [the editor] shown rigour in the presentation and the information processing. It takes care of the adequacy between the context in which images were collected and the subject that they illustrate. » ;  

Considering initially that service RT FRANCE diffused, during the 11 hour old tv news of April 13th, 2018, a subject entitled “ simulated Attacks ” disputing the reality of the attacks to the chemical weapon in the Syrian area of Ghouta Eastern and allotting to the group “ Jaysh al Islam ” the initiative of the production of the effects of the attacks on the population; 

Considering that this subject comprised a video extract in which civil people intervened in Syrian dialect; that the oral translation in French accompanying the diffused extract testifying to the simulation of the chemical attack was stripped of link with the remarks actually made by the speakers who treated situation of famine prevailing in the zone; that it appeared that this translation referred to another version, longer video, not diffused; that, even if the remarks which have been the object of an erroneous translation were in addition made, such a fact characterizes a failure with the requirement of rigour in the presentation and the information processing stated by the above mentioned stipulations of article 2-3-6 of the convention of service RT FRANCE; 

Considering that the French translation of certain remarks of witnesses interviewed in the above mentioned subject substituted for the pronoun “ they ”, employed by the witnesses, the name of the group “ Jaysh al Islam ” to indicate those which would have required of the local population to simulate the effects of an attack to the chemical weapon; that such a substitution, which induces a reading different from the diffused subject, characterizes a failure with the requirements of honesty and rigour in the presentation and the information processing stated by the above mentioned stipulations of article 2-3-6 of the convention of service RT FRANCE;

Considering in the second place that at the time of the whole of the elements diffused during the 11 hour old tv news of the treating April 13th, 2018 of the Syrian situation, a point of view was presented under conditions leading to an imbalance marked in the analysis of the subject and that in particular a univocal treatment was presented question of the chemical weapons, whereas the sensitivity and the discussed character of the subject imposed that the various points of view are exposed in order to guarantee honesty of it; that such a presentation constitutes a failure with the requirements of honest presentation of the questions lending to controversy and of expression from the various points of view in ignorance of the above mentioned stipulations of article 2-3-1 of the convention of service RT FRANCE;

Considering that it results from what precedes that it is necessary to put in residence company RT FRANCE to conform, in the future, with the above mentioned stipulations of articles 2-3-1 and 2-3-6 of the convention of September 2nd, 2015; 

After having deliberated on it,

Decide:

Article 1st. – Company RT FRANCE is formal notice to respect, in the future, the above mentioned stipulations of articles 2-3-1 and 2-3-6 of the convention of September 2nd, 2015.

Article 2. - The present decision will be notified at company RT FRANCE and will be published in the Journal officiel de la République française .

 

Fact in Paris, on June 28th, 2018.
For the Superior council of the audio-visual one:
The president,
O. SCHRAMECK