Journalism is free in Russia

Summary

Political correctness has become a form of censorship in the West. There are issues that people in the Western countries cannot talk about, while the Russians can, and this is the strength of Russian free journalism.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on western media not being independent and biased while Russia protects freedom of speech and the press.

According to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is in 149th place out of 180 countries. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 83 journalists and media representatives have been killed in Russia since 1993. Out of them, 38 have been murdered directly for being engaged in investigative journalism related to corruption, politics, and human rights violations. According to the report, the murders can be traced to the Government. As of 2017, five journalists were being detained in Russia, on charges related to their professional activities.

According to RWB, pressure on the independent media, blocking websites, and draconian laws became even more severe in the last years. Leading independent news outlets either ended up in the governmental control or were shut down under suspicious circumstances.

See similar disinformation cases here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Freedom of speech, Media
  • Outlet: Sputnik Abkhazia
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Disproof

No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that post-soviet countries are not independent, but US puppets. Read a similar case here.

Moldova is an independent and sovereign state, as it is set out in the constitution. Moldova has diplomatic relations with the USA since 1991 when the United States recognised Moldova's independence from the USSR. Since then, both states developed many programmes in different areas, aiming to help Moldova strengthen its democratic institutions, increase prosperity, secure its internationally recognized borders.

Crimea has rejoined Russia through a referendum after the Ukrainian coup d’état

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives claiming that there was a coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014 and that that Crimean citizens chose to re-join Russia through a legal referendum. 

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The influx of Ukrainians threatens Estonia

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and its people.

The claim that Ukrainians are a threat to Estonia is consistent with previous pro-Kremlin disinformation: in 2018 the news broadcast Vremia on Channel One described a massive Ukrainian labour force, which has been aggressively pushing themselves into Estonia and has led locals to go abroad enable to find work. In reality the unemployment rate in Estonia is 5.1 %.