Fake news, criticism and censorship

Fake news, criticism and censorship

Speaking at the third Russia-China media forum in Moscow recently, Sputnik and RT’s Editor in Chief proposed that Russian and Chinese media should work togetherto tackle “fake news”. She did not go further into detail on how that should be done. But as an example she deployed a reoccurring disinformation theme – that of the White Helmets allegedly manipulating and staging situations in Syria.

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Denmark to educate soldiers in combatting disinformation

Denmark to educate soldiers in combatting disinformation

Training in how to combat pro-Kremlin disinformation is a “top priority” for the 200 Danish soldiers who will be deployed to Estonia as a part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence. This was the message from Denmark’s defence minister, Claus Hjorth Frederiksen, in an...

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The Nazi-obsession of pro-Kremlin propagandists

The Nazi-obsession of pro-Kremlin propagandists

We rarely see such a swift and aggressive reaction to a single video. But the Russian communication outburst to a recent eight-minute movie on YouTube was as immediate as it was foul-mouthed. The trigger was a NATO video about the so-called “Forest Brothers” – irregular units in the three Baltic states who fought against the Soviet occupying forces during and after World War II.

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Kremlin TV: Singing from the same hymn sheet

Kremlin TV: Singing from the same hymn sheet

The main narratives of Russian propaganda in Moldova, as observed in Russian state TV. The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign’s main message is that the West is responsible for all evil, whereas Vladimir Putin is the only guarantee of world peace, and propaganda and disinformation denigrating Ukraine.

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Dependent media – Russia’s military TV Zvezda

Dependent media – Russia’s military TV Zvezda

“The chemical attack in Idlib in Syria on 7 April this year was a piece of “fake news” and a staged operation from the side of the rebels, which aimed at discrediting Syria’s government forces”. So was the message in a seven minutes long report broadcast last week in Russia by the TV channel and online outlet Zvezda. In order to assess the relevance of Zvezda’s production as a contribution to throwing light on the Idlib attack, it makes sense to ask what kind of outlet Zvezda is and what interest it would have in making this sensational claim.

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Too good to be true?

Too good to be true?

People can become so obsessed with spreading disinformation that they will share faked material that wasn’t even intended to be taken seriously. This is what happened last week to a number of pro-Kremlin propagandists when they became so fascinated with a photo...

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