Disinfo: There is an information war on Russia to counter the influence of its media outlets

Summary

Western elites have been trying for years to find a way to counter the growing influence of the Russian media. Mainstream media are quickly losing the trust of the people, who are starting to find an alternative, and the establishment fears this to be Russian outlets, so they accuse them of producing fake news and being unreliable. But the weapon was turned against their creators when their media was labelled themselves as producers of fake news.

Disproof

There is no information war against Russian media. Foreign Agent" registration in the US and fines in some Western countries against RT and Sputnik are a consequence of their disregard for facts and journalistic ethics and their character as a tool for political interference abroad, given that their purpose is not to inform the public but to produce narratives serving the Kremlin’s purposes.

In a resolution on November 23th 2016, the European Parliament identified these outlets as instruments of the Kremlin’s anti-EU campaign. Their involvement in events like the US elections in 2016, UK elections in 2017 and the so-called 'Macronleaks' in France in 2017 is well documented.

You can see other examples of disinformation on this topic in our database, such as the alleged persecution of Sputnik in totalitarian Estonia due to its truthful reporting and fear of its influence; the allegedly brave efforts of Sputnik against intolerance in Lithuania; the supposed violations of the rights of Russian journalists in the US and the EU; or the stories on how nice is to be a journalist in Russia, unlike in Europe, because Russia is the global champion of free speech.

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  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Anti-Russian, Freedom of speech, Media
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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