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DStv viewers call out DStv and Multichoice for suspending the Russia Today channel

The channel, on DStv’s 407, was displaying an E38-32 error code.

The channel, on DStv’s 407, was displaying an E38-32 error code.

Published Mar 3, 2022

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DURBAN – Tweeps have called out Multichoice and DStv about the “closure” of the Russia Today (RT) channel, a Russia state-affiliated media outlet, since Wednesday.

The channel, on DStv’s 407 channel, was displaying an E38-32 error code.

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“This channel is closed. Press i or check the 8-day TV Guide to find out when it will open.”

Multichoice and DStv were tagged, with viewers wanting to know what was happening with the channel.

All this, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine since last week.

Tweeps said Multichoice’s decision was attacking media freedom. Some said it was unfair as they paid for their subscription, which they would now be cancelling it, while others said they did not watch the channel and it made no difference to them. A few said they stood with Russia during this time.

On Wednesday night, DStv said on its Twitter page: “MultiChoice confirms that as of today, March 2, 2022, Russia Today (Channel 407) shall not be carried on the DStv platform until further notice. Sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU has led to the global distributor ceasing to provide the broadcast feed to all suppliers.”

Here is how Tweeps reacted:

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