Amnesty International is an ideological tool of the US security services

Summary

Amnesty International’s report claims Google and Facebook’s business models are a threat to human rights. The organisation has always been an ideological tool of the US security services and a US soft power, just as Greenpeace, WWF, and other human rights and ecological NGOs. Hence, Amnesty International’s report is a position of the US’s establishment and part of the US’s political war against Facebook. The US has, for a long time, effectively controlled central media, which promote LGBT, global warming, Greta Thunberg, inflow of migrants to Europe, so called chemical attacks in Syria, Russian hackers, Hillary Clinton, protests in Hong-Kong, harassment of Harvey Weinstein, and anything else which is necessary for the political agenda. Yet the Western world, and the US as its flagship, are concerned with uncontrolled freedom of speech on social media, including for their ideological opponents – be it Russians, Turks, North Koreans, or Venezuelans.

Against the background of increasing erosion of ‘soft power’ and collapse of liberal ideology the West starts to introduce rather strict censorship to protect its ideological machine. Given that you cannot name censorship using its own words, various euphemisms are used instead, fake news in the first place. The Western media are themselves the main producers of fakes, lies are a part of their metabolism. Fake news is just a label to tag everything that does not suit a certain ideological model. Under the pretext of fighting fake news and Russian hackers, the West introduces censorship and open manual controls over the media sphere. Earlier, an instrument of pressure on Facebook and other corporations was the alleged meddling of Russians in the US elections and fake news. Now, Amnesty International’s report puts forward “information manipulation” and “abuse of privacy” as new buzz words and a pretext for attacking Facebook and Google.

Disproof

This conspiracy theory is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western media outlets and NGOs as subservient to Western political elites, while Russia protects freedom of speech and the press. In addition, it represents a continuation of the pro-Kremlin disinformation strategy to undermine and delegitimise civil society initiatives and the work of NGOs.

Western media are not controlled by the government and do not run coordinated (dis)information campaigns on government orders, as this case alleges. A high degree of media freedom in Western countries is reflected in the top ranks these countries occupy in respective world rankings including the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders. According to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries. There is extensive evidence documenting the Kremlin's efforts to use disinformation as a weapon. Russia's attempts at interfering in democratic processes in the US and Europe have been thoroughly documented.

In its new report, Amnesty International indeed says that Facebook and Google’s omnipresent surveillance of billions of people poses a systemic threat to human rights. However, there is zero evidence that Amnesty International, one of the most professional and highly regarded NGOs in the world that is devoted to protecting human rights, is guided by the US governing elite or the security services.

Read our earlier analysis, Russian election meddling and pro-Kremlin disinformation, and previous disinformation cases claiming that Amnesty International is a missionary for the CIA and US State Department, that journalism is free in Russia, and that Western media have a list of individuals and organisations to target with defamatory campaigns.

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  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Hong Kong, Russia, US, The West, Syria
  • Keywords: Google, Greta Thunberg, social media, fake news, Greenpeace, Facebook, Climate, Mainstream media, Western values, Chemical weapons/attack, Censorship, Human rights, Hillary Clinton, Amnesty International, Media, Conspiracy, Migration crisis, LGBT
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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