DISINFO: "Masha and the Bear" cartoon is illegal in Sweden
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: ryb.ru (archived)* ryb.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 24, 2021
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • Countries / regions discussed: Sweden, Russia
Tags:
children European Union

DISINFO: "Masha and the Bear" cartoon is illegal in Sweden

SUMMARY

A Stockholm court has approved the decision to take 5-year old Sven Strure from his family, as they forced him to watch the Russian animated film "Masha and the Bear".

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The Children's Rights' Lawyers could establish, after a house search in the family's home, that Sven's parents bought 3 DVDs with the forbidden in Sweden animated film "Masha and the Bear", and forced the child to watch an episode daily. As a result, the child developed intolerance against sexual and ethnic minorities, as well as against the policies of the European Union and the leadership of the European Parliament.

RESPONSE

A satirical article from a well-known humour site is reproduced as news. The outlet describes its source as “unreliable”, but the readers are led to believe that the information is authentic.

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