Disinfo: German media are Russophobic

Summary

German media are Russophobic.

A frequent guest at top-level German-Russian events highlighted the difference between the rather Russophobic media in Germany and generally positive public opinion about Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

German media, like that in other pluralist democracies, represent a wide range of political opinions and do not have a single editorial policy for any country or topic.

German public opinion vis-a-vis Russia is also more complicated than this claim suggests. An opinion poll by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung disproves a popular claim in pro-Kremlin narratives, namely that negative attitudes towards Russia – what pro-Kremlin media and officials label “Russophobia” – are the reason behind negative assessments of the Russian government’s policies. A growing number of Germans, now 64%, think that Russia’s government is not an internationally credible partner. At the same time, however, the German view of the Russian nation and the Russians themselves remains unaffected by the dissatisfaction with the Russian government.

Earlier, the spokesman of the Federal Government Steffen Seibert had spoken of a state campaign against Russian foreign media in Germany and commented on so called 'Russophobia' in Germany. "Anyone who makes such absurd allegations in the world has little knowledge of Germany and little idea of freedom of the press," said government spokesman Seibert.

More cases about alleged Western 'Russophobia' see here, here and here.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Media, Russophobia, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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Disproof

This message presents the narrative of a corrupt and fraudulent mainstream media controlled by political elites and promoting their agenda to society, see examples here and here.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about about economic problems and failure of market reforms in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe – see Poland-focused examples here and here.

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Disproof

Recurring pro Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO attempting to encircle and weaken Russia.

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