France is banning Christmas symbols

Summary

France is banning Christmas symbols. It has announced to set up a counter-terror prosecutor’s office, but actually France is not fighting with terrorists and jihadists but with its own Christian past.

No one says it out loud that all this is done to please the liberals and their “best friends” – radical islamists.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. In France religious symbols are prohibited from public institutions as an application of the principle of the separation of church and state. For background on the legislation, that also bans Muslim headscarves and Jewish skullcaps, read more here.

Further debunking by the Insider.

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  • Reported in: Issue 93
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: Jihad, Islamic extremism, Christmas, Terrorism, Christianity
  • Outlet: Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Disproof

In fact, the US ambassador did not speak about the law passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova on December 7, 2017. He just called for a new Code of Television and Radio, which would fully comply with the EU standards, both with regard to foreign propaganda and internal propaganda. According the fact-checking by API, he stated that foreign propaganda is a problem in Moldova, and the United States understand the risks of Russian disinformation. But, he continued, Moldova also faces a problem of internal control over the media. This situation does not only threaten the independence of the media in Moldova, but also generates news that can be characterised as different forms of propaganda from internal sources, the ambassador said.

The European Commission accuses Ukraine of flooding the EU with heroin

The European Commission has published a document in which it accuses Ukraine of flooding the EU with heroin.

Disproof

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Almost half of the Russian youth thinks Putin’s press conference was interesting

Almost half of the Russian youth thinks President Vladimir Putin’s press conference was interesting and his answers honest and sincere, according to a poll by the Centre for Student Sociology.
Disproof

The Centre for Student Sociology is not a reliable pollster. It is part of the Young Guard of United Russia, the youth wing of the ruling United Russia party. According to fact-checking by the Insider, the polling was conducted on a Testograf website that allows users to answer the query repeatedly and does not verify the identity of the respondent. The Centre did not publish the results of the poll on its website.