Disinfo: RFE / RL, run by Western circles as a “saboteur” in Azerbaijan

Summary

RFE / RL, run by Western circles as a “saboteur” in Azerbaijan, found and spoke to only one moaning person out of more than 1 million Karabakh residents.

Disproof

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a media outlet which promotes democratic values and institutions and advance human rights by reporting the news in countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. In 23 countries, RFE/RL journalists ​provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.

Radio Liberty is funded by the U.S. Congress through USAGM, an independent federal government agency that oversees all U.S. civilian international media. Under International Revenue Service rules, it is a private, nonprofit corporation.

There is no evidence to support the claims that RFE/RL is acting as a "saboteur" in Azerbaijan or any other country in which it operates.

See more examples of disinformation claims, alleging that Radio Liberty is forbidden to broadcast in the US, because they a propaganda channel and and that Radio Liberty and Voa are a part of American-propaganda machine and are banned in the USA.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Azerbaijani
  • Country: Azerbaijan
  • Keywords: West, Propaganda, Media

Disclaimer

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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Disproof

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Disproof

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