French President Emmanuel Macron has called their journalists "agents of influence and propaganda". No wonder RT, formerly known as Russia Today, says its mission is to improve Russia's image abroad.
And in a rare interview, Margarita Simonyan , the editor of RT has told this programme that they are considering legal action against their French critics.
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Artie formerly Russia today either the only global TV news outfit combating the Western anti Russian media documentary or through teens P so softly our propaganda where we were talking about link bias and distortion and the Kremlin it wasn't in perhaps a little closer we're not funded by the Kremlin we are funded just like the BBC are you confused why the BBC needs to be funded by the taxpayers we're funded by the taxpayers as well Italy blossoms we're not funded by a license it is right but it's the same because people show them and it is the same people in Great Britain do not choose whether to fund the DC or not if they own a TV they they attacks in Russia if people live here they pay attacks and asking me why does the government need to finance the TV network why does the government need to finance the BBC World Service I don't know you invented that we just followed just last month standing feet from President Putin to it france's new leader Emmanuel macron ignore lane wide leagues and RT journalists from his campaign militia today s ethnic miss Russia today and putnik do not behave as press organs and journalists but behaved as organs of influence or propaganda lying propaganda no more no less any premium one but if Matt cross is angry about all this so is Artie actually our legal team right now are investigating an opportunity to go to court with us because they spread complete lies about us and all those lies they built up their political campaign their election convene their whole campaign was around to look at those Russians they're after us there you're gonna don't let them influence our elections stand strong don't let them do that look at them they're trying they did this and this and that only we never did that already an established Kremlin correspondent she cemented her reputation covering the bezel and siege in southern Russia President Putin once gave her a bouquet for her birthday margarita Simone yang appointed Artie editor-in-chief at the age of just 25 but why with all this success the deep feeling of being persecuted well we are we are under sanctions on who persecuted it would be complained stupid not to feel persecuted when you're under sanctions the head of the media that is here in this building is under sanctions he cannot travel to Europe he's on the European sanctions for being a journalist apparently and you're telling you why we feel persecuted because of that it's not out of the blue if your country was under sanctions from the rest of the Western world who probably feel persecuted Artie has repeatedly breached UK impartiality regulations opcom criticized the station for broadcasting a NATO debate with only anti-nato a Sunday a story every day we'll watch progress when people would go and talk about Russia and all those people would be anti-russian we see that every day we feel that somebody should counter that regulatory trouble yet again for RT after they wrongly accused to Western broadcaster of faking the Syrian chemical weapons attack for a program called to seeker every time they see a problem with us we do and we corrected once they had a problem with one of our shores we took the shore fear completely yeah we took it off the air like a veil two days after it actually pointed out the UK channels including Channel four News also face regulated sanctions from time to time your channel channel 4 is now under investigation by Ofcom and the consequences might be pretty harsh Artie's online coverage of this week's anti-putin demos in Moscow is headlined Western media don't care about facts the station clearly believes Moscow is in a global information war and Moscow must fight fire with fire critics say the moscow-based channels track record is only damaging putin's reputation for other Alex Thompson Channel 4 News Moscow.