A former Washington correspondent for Sputnik, Russia’s state-sponsored news agency, says he received a 103-page handbook instructing reporters to “stay true to the national interest of the Russian Federation.”
TV programmes known for spreading disinformation are awarded prizes in Russia.
This week, Russian TV ridiculed the Council of Europe and presented Catalonia as an incubator of separatism.
RT was forced to remove this completely cooked-up disinformation story about Putin’s popularity abroad.
Hate-speech towards certain groups of people is a well-established part of the toolkit in the pro-Kremlin influence methodology.