Disinfo: Mainstream media cover the coronavirus outbreak in an apocalyptic way to defame China


The apocalyptic coverage of the 2019-nCoV (corona virus) outbreak in China demonstrates how mainstream media outlets and social media platforms shape the audience’s perception of reality. While the Chinese government appears to be employing needed measures to contain the outbreak and prevent the virus spread, the MSM [mainstream media] uses this measures to feed the audience with speculations that this is a signal of the Chinese inability to keep the situation under control.


And unfounded claim, bordering on conspiracy theory. The outlet uses random quotes from social media to build an argument that "mainstream media" cover the coronavirus outbreak in an exaggerated way. See here for other cases related to the coronavirus outbreak.


  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory


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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Soros invests in schools to destroy the national spirit

With the help of his foundation, Soros invests in schools, in order to destroy the national spirit. Without a nationalistic feeling, we will no longer be able to speak about nations, but only about individuals.


A conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying George Soros and his foundation as villains bent on destroying the national spirit around the world and threatening national values.

Indeed, recently George Soros announced that he is creating a new university network to better prepare students for current and future global challenges. He is endowing the network with one billion dollars ($1 billion) and asking other philanthropists to contribute. The Open Society University Network (OSUN)  will integrate teaching and research across higher education institutions worldwide. The network aims to reach the students who need it the most and to promote the values of an open society - including free expression and diversity of beliefs.

Big Pharma spread false rumours about the coronavirus to forward their business interests

The coronavirus is heading the news these days, and of course – all fakes around it. The primary object is to cause panic. One can hear “exclusive stories”, such as: “according to the Ministry of Health, more than 112 persons have died in Siberia and the Far East“. More than 200 similar reports have been detected by the Fund for Defending National Values. One can hear such delusional stories as “FBI reports that more than 100.000 persons have died in China and almost 3 millions are infected.” Why would the FBI care? This organisation deals only with internal issues of the USA. Why not the NSA or CIA? And those US specialists from “China” do not act delicately: “Tens of thousands are dead and thousands corps are burned at waste stations“.

Behind this stand the giant pharmaceutical companies, attempting to forward their business interests.


An unfounded conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin media recurrently attempt to feed into narratives on the pharmaceutical industry, suggesting evil play behind vaccines, pharmaceutical research facilities etc.

The White Helmets are preparing a false flag chemical attack in Syria

The Western-sponsored so called “White Helmets” are preparing together with their collaborators among terrorists a new false flag operation, using chemical weapons in Syria, hoping to accuse Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad for the attack and have him ousted. But the modus operandi of the provocateurs are already known by everyone and their plans will fail.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, portraying the White Helmets as a Western-backed terrorist proxy and, implicitly, denying the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war.

Read similar cases claiming that the White Helmets were involved in the production of videos of staged “chemical attacks” and that the White Helmets have close links to Al-Qaeda and falsify chemical attacks evidence.