Russia’s propaganda arm in America, the television network RT America, is increasingly warning about the health impacts of 5G networks in what has been dubbed “information warfare” by experts.
The channel has broadcast a string of reports in 2019 that have discussed suggestions that the technology could endanger the lives of Americans and raised fears of a ‘5G apocalypse’.
The New York Times found that the network had run seven programs assailing the health impacts of the technology already this year, compared to just a single such report in 2018.
The reporting comes despite Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, recently announcing that his country would push ahead with adopting 5G networks.
Experts suggested that the broadcasts are an attempt to undermine US enthusiasm for the wireless technology, which could well give nations who adopt it first a competitive edge over international rivals.
In one segment aired in January, a reporter was asked by the host if there was a catch with the tech benefits 5G was expected to bring. “Just a small one – it might kill you,” she replied.
She added that the technology could be harmful to health, amounted to an "experiment on humanity” and could constitute a "crime under international law”.
Much of the reporting centres on radio waves and their impact on people’s health, corroding to the New York Times, which wrote an expose on the issue.
RT America, which was formerly known as Russia Today, was forced by the Justice Department to register as a foreign agent in 2017.
A report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that year said that the network was "the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet”.
Ryan Fox, chief operating officer of New Knowledge, told The New York Times that RT America’s 5G reporting amounted to “information warfare”.
He said: “Russia doesn’t have a good 5G play, so it tries to undermine and discredit ours.”
Anna Belkina, RT’s head of communications in Moscow, defended the network’s coverage of 5G, telling the paper: “Unlike many other media, we show the breadth of debate.”
She also said: “Our American audience expects us to bring American concerns to the front, first and foremost.”
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