Disinfo: Russophobic German media trust in the corona regime

Summary

What do Taz and Spiegel have in common? Both newspapers can be considered mainstream: well-behaved Russophobes and trusting in the corona regime. At the moment the Basic Law, the basis of state order in Germany, is de facto overruled by a small group of politicians and media owners: the legally guaranteed freedom of assembly is abolished. They (the two publications) rely on the Russophobia that has been common in Germany since Hitler.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that portrays any outside criticism of Russia as a symptom of Russophobia. The article also contains elements of conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic.

Taz and Der Spiegel are prominent and respected German media; they represent a wide range of political opinions and do not have a single editorial policy for any country or topic.

There is no "corona regime" - this is a baseless conspiracy theory and part of the Kremlin’s ongoing disinformation campaign around the coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments.

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading, with new cases being reported in more than 200 countries of the world. There are now more than 5,500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases globally. More than 350,000 people died because of Covid-19. An updated situation report from WHO on the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

Read similar disinformation cases alleging that coronavirus pandemic is exaggerated in order to turn countries into fascist hygiene dictatorships, that the Masters of Darkness invented the COVID-19 and seek world domination and that German media are Russophobic.

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  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Mainstream media, Anti-Russian, Human rights, Adolf Hitler, Russophobia, Conspiracy, The West

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

A pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about Western social media (primarily, Facebook), which are used by foreign governments or “secret elites” in order to promote various anti-Russian messages or inspire “Colour revolutions”.

The claim that Facebook carries out a policy of censorship aimed at the distortion of historical truth about WWII is conspiracy theory not supported by evidence.
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Warsaw Pact prevented global conflict, NATO escalates the situation along the Russian borders

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative involving historical revisionism about the Cold War and presentation of NATO as a threat to global peace because it has an aggressive anti-Russian agenda.

The Cold War was a direct result of aggressive actions of the Stalinist USSR in Eastern and Central Europe as well as the Middle East (Turkey, Iran). The incorporation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe into the Warsaw Pact was carried out under conditions of military occupation, one-party dictatorship and the violent suppression of dissent.

Ukraine and the Baltic states want to present the USSR as an “absolute evil” in WWII

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Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of history and imposition of their historical views on the EU. Read more here.

The claim that Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland determine the view of the EU countries on WWII history is a distorted. The EU countries are sovereign states, which take their own decisions regarding the perception of WWII history. Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland cannot impose decisions on the EU and its institutions.