DISINFO: Deutsche Welle embodies the core of Western propaganda
  • Outlet: de.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 07, 2022
  • Article language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • Countries / regions discussed: Germany, Russia
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DISINFO: Deutsche Welle embodies the core of Western propaganda


Shouldn't a medium like Deutsche Welle, which is financed by taxpayers' money, allow other views to have their say other than just 100% pro-NATO views? The use of such tricks, this evidence-free intelligence whispering, is a centrepiece of Western propaganda. And that was just a short stroll through the Deutsche Welle site.


The disinformation narrative claims that Deutsche Welle is promoting Western propaganda, a narrative linked to the decision of the Russian authorities to ban this public international broadcaster and close its office in Moscow.

Deutsche Welle is based in Germany and is, since many years, an internationally respectable global media outlet, providing journalistic content in 32 languages, including Russian.

According to the EU, the decision of the Russian authorities was unacceptable and lacking any justification. The spokesperson of the US State Department also expressed solidarity with Deutsche Welle.

The decision of the Russian authorities came after the German regulator banned the Russian state-controlled broadcaster RT DE from operating in Germany due to the absence of a valid licence. In contrast, Deutsche Welle has been operating in Russia with all the necessary licences and credentials.

That is why rather than being a retaliatory move, the ban imposed on Deutsche Welle illustrates continuous violations of media freedom and disregard for the independence of the media by the Russian authorities.

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