Disinfo: Sovereignist Parties face censorship in European elections

Summary

Mainstream media are ignoring sovereignist parties in the EU elections. An alliance of nine anti-migration and EU-sceptic parties performed an event in Prague, without almost no media interest. This media censorship makes it hard for voters event to identify their candidates.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about "the elites" censoring media. The event, mentioned in the text, received extensive coverage in international, European and national media.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU elections 2019, Censorship, Media
  • Outlet: Katehon.com
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