Disinfo: Switzerland banned all vaccinations for 5 years and considered them harmful

Summary

The Federal Assembly passed a law on a moratorium on vaccinations for 5 years. The documents explain that vaccines against measles, chicken pox and all other infections cause harm and are dangerous for human health.

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory on vaccines which are being amplified in the context of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign around the coronavirus.

The claim is false and was originally invented by Russian satirical website panorama.pub.

Vaccinations in Switzerland are not compulsory but vaccines against various infections are recommended. Switzerland nonetheless has high vaccination rates. For example, in 2018, among 16 years olds in Switzerland, 97% had been vaccinated for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tenanus. Vaccinations for other diseases such as Tick-borne encephalitis (47%) are lower – however, at the beginning of 2019, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) confirmed that vaccination against tick borne encephalitis is now covered by basic Swiss health insurance.

See here for more examples by Myth Detector on how satire is spread as real news to affect public opinion.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Keywords: vaccination
  • Outlet: Progressnews.ge
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A hunger riot broke out near Odessa

In Ukraine riots break out because people are hungry and lash out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people, which is the definition of riots.

Disproof

Recurrent narrative undermining Ukraine, specifically about hunger riots.

In reality the port of Chernomorsk, near Odessa experiences economic difficulties and some employees of "Europian Agro Investment Ukraine", which rent the second terminal since 2018, haven't been paid since last October. About 100 people demonstrated peacefully, with protective masks and respecting social distancing. They blocked a street near the bus stop "railroad station" with signs expressing their will to receive their salaries and their company to be nationalised by the Ukrainian state. They warned that next time they could block a road with more traffic to make their demand more audible. The reportage of the media Dumskaya documents the event and shows that no violence was used.

USSR made enormous efforts to create an anti-Nazi alliance with Western states before WWII, but the latter failed to support this idea

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, the USSR made enormous efforts to create an anti-Nazi alliance with Western states, but the latter failed to support this idea. Moreover, the main Western powers signed the Munich Pact in 1938, which led to the destruction of Czechoslovakia.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism which  attempts to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive, to blame the West for the outbreak of World War II, to relativise and erode the disastrous historical role of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact (the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union) by stating that other countries signed various international agreements with Adolf Hitler throughout the 1930s, and to argue that it was the Munich Agreement that triggered WWII.

The article blames Western states for the failure to establish an anti-Nazi alliance with the USSR prior to the outbreak of World War II. It also suggests that the 1938 Munich Pact was the major factor in triggering the war, without mentioning the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocols.

Crimea was not annexed, the people voted for accession to Russia in a referendum

Nobody annexed Crimea. Crimeans do not suffer and are not annexed. This is their choice. This is not a violation of international law, because no one annexed them. There was a Crimean referendum.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).