Disinfo: EU launches a Russian-language TV channel

Summary

The European Union opens its own Russian-language television channel with film crews in all Russian regions. The main task of the channel will be to bring the Western interpretation of the events taking place in the world to the Russian-speaking population. Such initiatives demonstrate the helplessness of the information campaign the West is trying to launch in Russia.

Disproof

The EU is not working on such project.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the West trying to impose its values and spreading propaganda in Russia. Not only the West, but also Ukraine has been accused of waging information war against Russia.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 140
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Propaganda, Media

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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