Disinfo: EU to set up its own Russian-language TV channel to promote its take on developments

Summary

The EU plans to create its own Russian-language channel to familiarise Russian audiences with the Western point of view on the developments in the world and in Russia.

Disproof

The EU is not working on such project, as the EU vs Disinfo website has already reported.

Recurring pro-Russian narrative on the West’s attempts to impose its values on and spread propaganda in Russia. Ukraine has also been accused of taking after the West and waging an information war against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 141
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU, Propaganda, Russian language, Media

Disclaimer

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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Disproof

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