‘It’s a shame truth is being sacrificed’ – Oliver Stone on RT UK’s bank account closure
US film director Oliver Stone has stepped up to defend RT after NatWest bank gave notice that it would close its London bureau’s bank accounts in December, without explanation.
“RT has always been responsible, they are very clear about their facts, and they show filmic evidence. Maybe you are a threat – they consider you propagandistic,” Stone told RT’s Afshin Rattansi, as a guest on his Going Underground program, when asked about what has become an international incident. “But when I look at the London papers, I think who is being propagandistic? It’s a media war, and it’s a shame that the truth is being sacrificed.”
According to a letter from NatWest, a subsidiary of the majority government-owned RBS, which has been made public by RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, the bank has made a “final” decision to close all of the channel’s accounts, and “not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it.”
The UK government, which has recently called for additional sanctions against Russia over Syria, has denied that it is behind NatWest’s move.
But Stone believes that the closure – which the bank is now “reviewing” following accusations of censorship – is symptomatic of an increasingly narrow-minded and defensive attitude from the UK authorities.