No transparency and objectivity in the media of East European NATO members, just propaganda

Summary

In East European countries, led by NATO, there will be less public information and even fewer accountable media. What Vyshinsky and Assange are going through is a warning to everyone else. No transparency required, no place for objectivity. Just propaganda. Like the 1930s in Germany, like the 50s in the Soviet Union.

Journalists who report objectively are declared as ineligible in order to open up space for propaganda and placement of various half-truths. Great resources are allocated with the aim of creating the half-truth and in order to create confusion where it will become difficult to discern what is true. If that fails, influential individuals, identified as threatening, are risking charges of treason, espionage, theft of state secrets, endangering national security, “psychological torture” etc.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. This complete disinformation message is an attempt of whataboutism and counter-accusations as international organisations often criticise Russia for violating the right to freedom of speech and rights of journalists. The claim is the part of a bigger narrative of alleged Western attacks on Russian journalists. Similar cases can be found here, herehere and here.

The freest countries in terms of press freedom are predominantly European countries, including Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Estonia, Portugal, Germany, etc.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Bosnian, Montenegro, Serbian
  • Country: China, Russia, The West, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Repression, fake news, Julian Assange, Propaganda, Media
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija
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