Disinfo: Czech efforts to “counter propaganda” are set up after pressure from EU and Germany

Summary

Russian propaganda does not exist; the Czech Centre against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats (Ministry of the Interior) has been set up under the pressure of EU and Germany; European Values are financially supported by George Soros.

Disproof

Russia's Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, declared the following at a ceremony for military journalists in Moscow:

"The day has come when we all have to admit that a word, a camera, a photo, the Internet, and information in general have become yet another type of weapons, yet another component of the armed forces. This weapon can be used in a good and in a bad way. This is a weapon that was involved in various events in our country in different years, both in our defeats and in our victories"

Western non-governmental organisations are often targeted by pro-Kremlin disinformation as agents of this subversive and state-driven influence. The Czech NGO European Values are not financially supported by George Soros.

For similar cases, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Czech Republic, Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: EU, Centre Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats, NGO, Propaganda, Terrorism, George Soros
  • Outlet: Nová republika
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