Disinfo: Any critic of the EU is considered a “politically incorrect” dissenter and persecuted

Summary

Any critic of the EU is considered a “politically incorrect” dissenter from dominant globalist thinking and is subjected to media persecution. A recent example is the Italian cartoonist Mario Improta (known as Marione), who published a cartoon depicting British prime minister Boris Johnson escaping the EU, portrayed as the Auschwitz concentration camp. Improta was named and shamed by the mainstream media, who claimed that his cartoon inappropriately used the Holocaust in political satire. As a result, he lost his appointment as cartoonist for the Rome city government’s civic education campaign. But the real reason why Improta was subjected to media persecution was because he dared to question the sacredness of the European Union and thus expressed a view that dissented from dominant, “politically correct” globalist thinking. Globalist cartoonists, instead, are allowed to freely use nazism, fascism and racism in political satire aimed at discrediting the political right. These cartoonists are not subject to media persecution by the enormous Spanish inquisition-like machinery that censors anyone who questions dominant globalist thinking.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Western societies are ideological dictatorships that have imposed a dominant “liberal-globalist” ideology. Also, a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about “the elites” and mainstream media censoring and persecuting anyone who expresses views that dissent from dominant liberal-globalist thinking. One of the major achievements of the liberal-democratic West, and of Europe in particular, is the institutionalisation of tolerance and pluralism, which means the peaceful coexistence of different religions, world-views and value-systems within the same society. The cartoon published by Mario Improta was criticised because it improperly used an image of the Holocaust in political satire and offended the victims of Nazi death camps, not because it expressed an anti-EU view. Improta, who removed the original cartoon from his Facebook profile, published a modified version of the cartoon with the following comment: “I edited the cartoon. It was not correct to identify the European Union with a concentration camp”. Read similar cases claiming that élites have imposed a liberal globalist ideology on the people and that this ideology does not tolerate any alternative points of view, that new YouTube rules seek to censor all videos that express alternative political views, and that the effort to fight fake news is really aimed at censoring information that is unwelcome to Western governments.

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  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Italy
  • Keywords: Censorship, Media
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Disproof

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Disproof

This article is part of a vicious campaign by Russian state media against Greta Thunberg. The campaign itself is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against the climate movement.

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A new Union of Journalists for "independent media" established in Finland

A new Union of Journalists for alternative – a better description would be independent– media established in Finland.

Disproof

The context: The actual Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF), www.journalistiliitto.fi, , has nearly 15 000 members who work for the print media, broadcasting, publishing and new communications media. It is an independent trade union that negotiates collective bargaining agreements. It works to further the financial, social and professional standing of its members, both salaried and freelancers. The union does not belong to but cooperates with trade union confederations. The copycat NGO has been registered officially within the Finnish Register of Associations in 2016 with the name "Suomen vapaa sana riippumaton toimittajayhdistys ry". However, this Union imitates the UJF URL address (www.journalistiliitto.com), . Vice-chair of the copycat organisation is also MV-lehti's editor-in-chief, a Finn who resided for years in occupied Donetsk and ran a propaganda media operation there. In the "About" section of the website the war in Ukraine is described as a "civil war", which is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. See the archived version of the web page here. Twitter has suspended the account of the copycat organisation. Further background by journalist Laura Halminen and more on an earlier similar operation targeting the Helsinki Hybrid CoE.